People who have experienced trauma are over-represented within the problem drug-using population. Scottish Drugs Forum’s 2012 conference on self-medication explored the complex relationship between substance use and trauma-coping. But how can treatment services respond to this phenomenon?
Frontline Response to Trauma: a key to recovery will see the official national launch of a major report on trauma and recovery among injecting drug users, a partnership between SDF and Professor Richard Hammersley.
One of the key conclusions of this Big Lottery-funded research is:
‘Drug services need to be more trauma-minded, focusing less on drugs and more on underlying traumas and life difficulties.’
Frontline Response to Trauma: a key to recovery takes up this challenge and looks at how capacity can be built within frontline drug services to:
- Identify clients who have experienced trauma and whose drug
use is, at least in part, a form of trauma-coping
- Explore and make explicit the links between drug use and trauma
- Develop appropriate and effective frontline responses to these
- Work in partnership with specialist mental health services when
- Promote recovery with these clients.
This conference will be useful to:
- Management and staff of frontline drug services
- Those involved in planning, designing and commissioning
- Alcohol and Drug Partnership Boards and staff
- Staff and management of services working with problem drug users in criminal justice, family, housing, homelessness and other settings.?
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