This page highlights and shared publications from third parties that are highly relevant within the field.
Wording and Terms – Words Matter
When talking about addiction, the choice of words is extremely important to reduce [unconscious] stigma and negative bias. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has summarised words and terms to use and to avoid by providers and others.
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Parental Substance Use: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals – By Child Welfare Information Gateway and Children’s Bureau
A factsheet reviewing what SUDs are, how parental substance use affects families, and how child welfare professionals can support these families It also considers how collaboration between child welfare professionals and SUD treatment providers, as well as others, is an essential component to assisting families.
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NPC Analysis: UN system on drug decriminalisation – By Dag Endal (FORUT), published by Narkotika Politiskt Center
This document concisely elaborates on the United Nations. It explains the different UN bodies, the levels of authority, various conventions and other documents, etc. It showcases that the UN recommendations are of great value but it should also be taken into account that each recommendation needs to be customised to the regional and local situation and should be used in the correct context.
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The Effectiveness of Services and Interventions for People Experiencing Homelessness in the Western Cape during COVID-19 Pandemic – by Leon Holtzhausen – prepared for Open Society Foundation and STAND
This study systematically evaluates the effectiveness and impact of services and interventions utilised in the support, and treatment of people experiencing homelessness in the Western Cape, South Africa, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It also elaborated on the concept of homelessness and how it is a complex social problem with a variety of underlying economic and social factors. It was found that social forces such as loss of meaningful relationships, substance use disorders, interpersonal violence, physical and sexual abuse, past trauma, and community and family breakdown are compounded by structural forces such as a lack of available low-cost housing, poor economic conditions, and insufficient services and programmes.
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Breaking Stigma Down: Lived Experience Report – By Working with Everyone, NHS, and Addiction Provider Alliance
Addiction is a highly stigmatised condition, largely due to ingrained perceptions and misconceptions in society, its complex effects on the behaviour of individuals and the fact that it is frequently seen as a ‘choice’. However, it can affect anyone regardless of their background, and the stigma that comes with it is even more widespread, impacting families and communities as well as individuals. This report showcases the stigma people experience and the impact of that stigma on accessing services, and ultimately on recovery.
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Understanding Gender-Differences in Substance use to Develop Appropriate Prevention Interventions – by The WFAD Gender Working Group. Gender-sensitive research on treatment has started to develop, yet prevention seems to lack gender- and regional specific research and evaluation. The gender differences within substance use showcases the urgent need for further research in and development of gender-sensitive prevention programmes. This paper aims to create a global understanding of the different needs for, incentives for, and effects on girls and women who use substances. It highlights that prevention is an essential part of the continuum of care framework while promoting health and wellbeing.
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Position Paper: Gender-Specific Treatment & Recovery – By the WFAD Gender Working Group
The position paper is an exhaustive document elaborating on women and addiction, the stigma they face, the risks, the concept of recovery, crosscutting issues, and ways forward to allow women with substance use disorders to receive the necessary services while reducing barriers to their treatment and recovery.
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Children whose parents use drugs – by the Pompidou Group
In 2021, the Pompidou Group introduced a subject that so far has not received enough attention: children whose parents use drugs. The impact of parental substance use is reflected in the children’s development outcomes and in their daily lives. In order to protect children, it is necessary to address their needs as holders of human rights and make sure they grow up in a healthy and protected environment. This project addresses both the children and parents affected by substance use while focusing on the programmes, services and practices in place in the different states to address the issue.
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Building resilience in survivors of sexual exploitation: the role of children in activities implemented by NGOs in Uganda – by Rogers Kasirye, Paul Bukuluki, and Eddy J. Walakira
Children are increasingly affected by sexual exploitation (SEC), and the subsequent hardships arising out threaten their lives. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of trauma or other significant sources of stress. Past literature discusses various child participatory methods but has not explored the voices and role of children as agents of change among their peers to yield adaptation and resilience. The study aimed to examine the role children play in their successful recovery and that of other child survivors. This study adopted a descriptive research design, using qualitative methods to collect data from NGO staff and child survivors. NGOs adopted different levels of survivor participation from various NGO rehabilitation centres. There was evidence of survivors’ involvement and strength. Survivors’ participation as a complementary strategy in building resilience among survivors should be promoted by NGOs. Staff need to be trained to work with survivors to improve the resilience of survivors of SEC.