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A Carer's Experience of Addiction

Director: Dr Arun Dhandayudham



Sandra McDermott has extensive first hand experience of coping with a son addicted to heroin. Over the years she has observed how pernicious the consequences of addiction are, especially when it impacted her son's mental health driving him almost to suicide.


In order to help other carers cope with a loved one's addiction, she has set up Family Support Link in Northamptonshire.

TEDMEDLive Imperial College, London



"I remember as a 6 year old on my way to school, seeing addicts injecting at the side of the road and thinking, why isn't anyone trying to help them?"


Henrietta Bowden-Jones gives a personal talk explaining her motivations for setting up the UK's first and only National Problem Gambling Clinic. She shares her experiences of growing up in Milan, where she discovered her urge to uncover the underlying psychological vulnerabilities that lead people to addiction.

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National Drugs Helpline (24-hour): Freephone 0800 77 66 00


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Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry Annual Conference 2018

Date: Thurs 26 April-Fri 27 April 2018

Location: Belfast

Faculty Elections

The closing date for nomination for elections for 2018 has now passed. Voting for elections going to ballot will be opening in May 2018.

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New Paper: Rapid evidence review of evidence-based treatment for Gambling Disorder in Britain (PDF)

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