Taking a Break

I’ve been absolutely thrilled this week to have my two boys Ben and Sam visiting us from the UK. Sam has not been here for nine years and Ben for seven years. I’ve been seeing them and their two sisters Natasha and Annalie in the UK over the past years, other than during Covid. It’s so great spending time with my boys here. I’ve really missed them.

I’ve decided to take some time off from regularly posting on my blog for a few weeks so that I can have a bit more of a break. I’ll still be working behind the scenes on content for the new revised version of the website which will probably come out in a few months. This includes the Recovery Voices project I have initiated with Wulf Livingston from North Wales.

You can see films of the first of our Recovery Voices guests, Huseyin Djemil, here. I’ll shortly be posting film content of an interview I did with David McCartney of LEAP (Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Project), which I will announce on my blog.

I was just looking through my blog posts and have realised there have been 92 posts since my last proper break in the second half of last year, and 248 when I restarted blogging on this website on 4 March 2021 after a six year break.

Just to remind you of the other developments in recent months:

Our updated Recovery Stories which were only available in my eBook Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction are now available on the website.

I’ve added a number of new articles I have written in the Articles section of the website. This section includes eight instalments of My Journey, an ongoing serialised account of my career, with an emphasis on describing my activities and the people who have inspired me since I closed down my university neuroscience laboratory in 2000 and started a community initiative (Wired In) focused on empowering people to overcome substance use problems. I will not be adding to this latter section until after my break.

The Articles section also includes 38 of my Background Briefings (educational pieces) that I wrote for Drink and Drugs News (DDN), the leading UK magazine focused on drug and alcohol treatment, from 2004-2008.

I’ve also added new content to the Films and Resources sections of the website in the past months.

I hope you enjoy, or have enjoyed, this newer content. See you when I get back.