Addictions 

The Scottish Addictions executive group meets every three months for an all day meeting with a teaching and business component.

It's a place to discuss ideas and trends within the field in Scotland. If you're interested in attending, please contact our Chair, as above.

All meetings are held at the Golden Lion hotel in Stirling.

Chair: Dr Rebecca Lawrence

Vice Chair: Dr Mike Kehoe

RCPsychiS Office Contact: Susan Richardson

Addictions Conference 2021

The Addictions Faculty of the RCPsych in Scotland held its annual conference online via Zoom on Friday 5th March 2021.  A successful and thought provoking conference was attended by over 60 delegates from all over the UK including Members of all grades as well as a few Non-Members too!  Thank you to all who joined us on the day.  Those who registered/attended the conference, may view the recording (valid for two months) by requesting the link from Susan Richardson.

The presentation slides from the event are provided as below for information. 

Introduction to psychedelicsJake Hawthorn, Specialty Doctor in Addictions, NHS Lothian 

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Alcohol Use DisorderBen Sessa, Consultant Psychiatrist in Addictions and Child & Adolescent; Psychedelic Therapist and researcher, Bristol/Imperial University; CMO at Awakn Life Sciences 

Research Evidence, Mechanisms & Education for Psychedelic-Assisted Addiction TreatmentsJames Hawkins, Medical Psychotherapist at Good Medicine, Edinburgh and the Psychedelic Healthcare Professionals Network.

RADAR - Rapid Access to (alcohol) Detoxification: Acute hospital ReferralsChris Daly, Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist & Deputy Medical Director, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

What to expect from the new UK Alcohol GuidelinesJulia Lewis, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist, Visiting Professor, University of South Wales & Clinical Lead, Gwent Specialist Substance Misuse Service.

Resources

Opioids Aware: A resource for patients and healthcare professionals to support prescribing of opioid medicines for pain

A new opioid prescribing resource has been launched by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthestists; funded by Public Health England.

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs - Recovery Committee Report

How can opioid substitution therapy (and drug treatment and recovery systems) be optimised to maximise recovery outcomes for service users?

Read the full report

Supporting documents

Smoking

Further reading

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