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People getting a ‘fit of the vapers’ over Vaping

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

I have been interested to see the difference in approach to vaping between America and the UK right now. Last week the British medical research journal ‘The Lancet’ published a review of the evidence around vaping and declared vaping to be “the most disruptive influence on smoking in decades”. They found the harms to be […]


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The solution to record deaths from drugs in Scotland

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

We are seeing a terrible surge in drug deaths in Scotland right now and it’s time to take urgent action. There is a clear case study that gives us a great example of exactly what needs to be done. In the lead up to the new millennium, Portugal was also seeing a horrible rise in […]


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Myth busted, a small amount of alcohol isn’t good for you

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Drinking any amount of alcohol is harmful Alcohol is the leading attributable cause of death amongst the adult population ( between the ages of 15-49 ) and yet the message people have heard from doctors and the media has been that drinking a small amount of red wine may be good for your health. This […]


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PROMIS France featured in “Le Figaro”

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Philippe Cavoraz and the PROMIS France team have featured in an article in the French Newspaper “Le Figaro” exploring how few services there are like ours in France itself


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TMS Depression Treatment

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an exciting treatment for depression using magnets to stimulate the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex at the front of the brain which is associated with mood.


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BBC Radio 4 report on bad practice in rehabs

Monday, March 19th, 2018

BBC World at One news programme has reported on poor and unsafe practice in the private rehab sector.


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Antidepressant effectiveness rated

Monday, February 26th, 2018

This week a research study was published in the medical journal “The Lancet” which aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of many different antidepressants. This wasn’t new research per say, but a huge study of lots of published and unpublished papers.


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Interesting perspective on depression

Friday, January 12th, 2018

We read an interesting article in the Guardian last weekend in which Johann Hari explains how his understanding of depression has evolved. He makes a good point that depression isn’t simply a biological problem to be treated purely by medication.


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Alumni Cathryn Kemp does all she can to help others with painkiller addictions

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Alumni Cathryn Kemp has been working tirelessly to get better help and understanding for people who become addicted to painkillers after revealing her own experience of dependence and subsequent detoxification at PROMIS in her book “Coming Clean: Diary Of A Painkiller Addict by Cathryn Kemp (Little Brown, £10.99)” Cathryn has also founded a charity “Painkiller […]


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Alumni Michael McDowell stands up for the needs of addicts

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I was proud as punch to read of the brave and tireless work that PROMIS alumni, Michael McDowell, is doing in getting help and support for addicts on the streets of Belfast In a piece today in The Irish News, Michael was quoted as saying: Michael McDowell, of drug outreach group Belfast Experts By Experience, […]


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