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Findings logo has gained an enthusiastic following and an international reputation among researchers and practitioners. Site users value the unique focus on how to maximise the benefits for their clients, patients and communities, and the combination of analytic quality allied with practicality and readability. Below some of the compliments paid to the project. Also available latest analysis of site user survey results and a chart of reads of our research analyses and other documents.

Today comments total 243. The most recent comments are the top of both columns. The earliest comments date back to when Drug and Alcohol Findings disseminated its analyses via a magazine. Titles, positions and affiliations are as at the time of the comment unless specified otherwise. Only comments we have received permission to publish and attribute to an individual or service are listed. An anonymised and complete list of comments made in response to the latest user survey is available. Unless indicated otherwise, comments should be understood as personal and not representing the views of affiliated bodies.

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“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the latest post on Drug and Alcohol Findings – it’s a brilliant, thoughtful and well-written piece and one that I anticipate using for teaching purposes.”
Professor Matt Field Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, England

“Just read your paper [Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C5, section “How can you prioritise the child when your patient is the parent?”], and predictably, it has blown my mind! Thanks for getting me thinking – again!”
Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

“Wow, outstanding work! This [Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell B4] is one of the best, most clear and scholarly write ups I’ve seen of this complex topic.”
Dr Lisa M. Najavits Director of Treatment Innovations and adjunct professor, Massachusetts Medical School, USA

“This is a brilliant synthesis of the evidence and debate around drug consumption rooms in the UK.”
Dr Andrew McAuley Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

“Findings have drawn attention to a significant body of work [series of analyses on relationships in psychotherapy] that seeks to understand what makes psychotherapy effective. This highlights a number of areas applicable to day-to-day addictions work and should be essential reading for anyone looking to improve their ability to form effective working relationships with their clients.”
Dr Luke Mitcheson Consultant Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, England

“Great commentary on articles. Puts the UK perspective where necessary, and highlights the weaknesses in studies when appropriate.”
Mick McManus Alcohol co-ordinator, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England

“Very much appreciate the regular newsletters with links to topics of interest. Site is an easy way to access relevant information on a vast array of topics.”
Addiction Medicine Specialist Perth, Australia

“As a front line drug worker, what I like most about Findings is it enables me to connect with the drug and alcohol practice field, outwith the silo of my own organisation and corner of the country. Findings gives me a broader perspective on ‘evidence-based’ interventions and helps me be aware of the fundamentals of effective therapeutic relationships that underpin interventions and, in some ways, transcend them. Please keep doing what you’re doing!”
Sian Cox Mental Health Liaison Worker, N-gage Young Persons’ Drug and Alcohol Service, Wales

“Excellent resource – really impressed with the calibre of reviews and applicability to our area of business (Corrections Dept).”
Dr Henry Pharo Director Offender Rehabilitation Services, Offender Development Directorate, Department for Correctional Services, Government of South Australia, Australia

“Invaluable tool that I dip into regularly. I see research and get information I would not otherwise have accessed. The hard work is done for me.”
Suzanne Hunter Substance Use Worker, Alcohol & Drugs Action, Aberdeen, Scotland

“As a policy analyst advising govt and NGOs and in professional development work I have developed a high level of trust in the editors’ judgements on studies to include and what the full body of evidence tells us. Where evidence is unclear or studies methodologically weak the editors are careful not to go beyond the evidence. A really useful, authoritative source of great relevance to both policy workers and service development/delivery personnel. The alcohol and other drugs sector is in your debt.”
David McDonald Director, Social Research & Evaluation Pty. Ltd., Australia and Campus Visitor, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

“Vital to have this resource updated so that we can constantly check with research basis.”
Marion Rackard Project Manager, HSE Alcohol Programme, Ireland

“Fantastic service unlike any other free-to-access service available.”
Stephen Conlon Senior Charge Nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland

“Findings continues to be an essential resource giving access to research otherwise ‘lost’ behind a paywall.”
Maggie Telfer Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Drugs Project, Bristol, England

“Your service is excellent and long may it continue. Easy to use, relevant and interesting.”
Gillian Tober Visiting Senior Lecturer, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, England

“The best one-stop site for all current research into a range of alcohol and drug issues. The treatment matrices are invaluable in terms of making most efficient use of time.”
John Thayers Recovery and Quality Improvement Officer, Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP), Scotland

“Vital; keep doing it.”
Fizz Annand Independent consultant and researcher in drug/alcohol/tobacco harm reduction, Fizz Annand Consultancy, England

“The updates are exceptional ways to communicate issues and content updates to staff who are time-pressured to find time to look for articles [and] allow access to updated literature for clinicians not in services with funded access to journals.”
Mick Haines Senior Social Worker (AASW), Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Counsellor, Canberra Health Services – Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services, Canberra, Australia

“I find this an essential resource. I work in Ireland as a Drug and Alcohol Task Force Co-ordinator, which involves a quasi commissioning role, as well as the responsibility to promote best practice in the field of drug and alcohol use. This is my ‘go to’ resource.”
Chris Purnell Drug and Alcohol Task Force Co-ordinator, Ireland

“I cannot fault this service – I think it is excellent.”
Professor Susanne MacGregor Honorary Professor, Department of Public Health, Environments and Society, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England and Emeritus Professor, Middlesex University, England

“Great service, fantastic to be updated on latest research … a reinforcement to the work I do in my treatment approaches.”
Mark Campbell Outreach Worker/Addiction Counsellor, Clare Drug & Alcohol Service, HSE Mid West, Ireland

“I like what this site gives me about treatment and results from all over the world. It helps me rethink some of the strategies I use with my patients.”
Robert Hafer Certified Addictions Professional and Certified Mental Health Professional, Central Florida Recovery Centers, Inc., USA

“Thank you for this service; it is so valuable! I also appreciate the variety of articles from prevention through to treatment.”
Helen Keen Social worker, South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use, South Africa

“The information is interesting in its own right and useful in that I teach sociology to trainee psychiatrists. I always include something from you so they can follow it up themselves. I feel I am providing them with a reliable source.”
Annie Nixson Visiting Lecturer on the MRCPsych, Division of Psychiatry, University College London, England

“I rely on your work to inform mine.”
Dr Julaine Allan National Research Manager, Lives Lived Well, Australia and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia

“To have research collected in one easy to access space is really useful.”
Richard Renson Practice Manager, Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinics, England

“I am very pleased to be able to draw on your expertise. I find it invaluable for my understanding.”
Professor Anthony Goodman Department of Criminology and Sociology, Middlesex University, England

“Findings is an invaluable resource for anyone working/studying in the field and I have been most grateful to have access to such useful and stimulating material over the last few years.”
Fran Glendining Addictions Counsellor, England

“An excellent source of research findings and useful collection of relevant evidence.”
Dave Hasney National Coordinator (England), UK SMART Recovery, England

“It is wonderful to be able to access high quality studies and the interpretation of these for practice purposes.”
Chris Rintoul Drugs and Alcohol Consultancy, Extern, Northern Ireland

“This is a superb resource and long may it continue.”
Paul Anders IPS-AD Trial Manager, Public Health England, England

“You are my primary source for current information and developments in the addictions arena. Keep doing what you do.”
Graham Maguire Director, Sefton Park addiction treatment centre, Weston-super-Mare, England

“We are meeting regularly to look at some of the hot topics on the website and to read, evaluate, synthesise and discuss the literature from this resource. I have used this resource for some time and I think it will be more user friendly for staff and helpful than looking at original source material. It is fantastic – I just wanted to say thank you and let you know what we are doing with it.”
Matthew Gaskell Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Lead, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, England

“Amazing information and work.”
Julian Mockridge Acting hub manager, East London NHS Foundation Trust, England and Staff Governor, Path to Recovery (P2R), England

“I refer people to your site every day – it is an incredible resource that would be very hard to replace … I look forward to reading more of the incisive commentary.”
Shaun Shelly Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Deputy Secretary, United Nations Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs

“A godsend for practitioners and commissioners. Dip in and take a look – the links are all there for you to benefit from the largest live drug and alcohol library in Britain.”
Claire Brown Editor, Drink and Drugs News, UK

“Great overview [Drug Treatment Matrix row 2] of important treatment delivery fundamentals.”
Ireland Chapter of The International Nurses Society on Addictions

“I just wanted to say that I found this cell [of the Drug Treatment Matrix] and especially the commentary incredibly useful and brilliantly written.”
Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

“Kudos in recognition of your miraculous achievement. For me the perfect balance of synthesis of research and practitioner insights … all pointing to bite-size shifts in my priorities … professional and personal.”
Dr Richard Earle Managing Director, Canadian Institute of Stress, Canada

“An essential resource. I seldom fail to be amazed at the quality of the hot topics. Even (especially) in a cash strapped system, your work is invaluable. It is a jewel in the substance misuse crown. My job is made much easier by having you at my side!”
Wayne Gault Lead Officer, Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Scotland

“It’s great to have such easily accessible, evidenced-based material pop into my inbox, it’s like nuggets of gold.”
Dr Lyn Williams Organisational and management development professional, UK

“This is an excellent service – clear and concise reviews of evidence. Invaluable to all involved in the drug and alcohol field.”
Joyce Nicholson Lecturer on drug and alcohol programmes, University of Glasgow, Scotland

“This is an excellent review [of a parent-child substance use prevention programme]. Very thorough and insightful and whoever was involved in doing this should be rightly proud.”
Dr Wolfgang A. Markham University of Warwick School of Health and Social Studies, England

“This is a really brilliant analysis!”
Professor Susanne MacGregor London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England

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Trevor McCarthy Independent Consultant, England and former alcohol policy lead, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, England

“Wonderful. Distilled information. Sifting through the mass of info to give us the core message with commentary to guide us on how credible the research is.”
Dr Fiona Spence specialty doctor, Integrated Alcohol Service, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Scotland

“I live in the US and there just really isn’t any comparable resource for well synthesized evidence-based practice information available through our various federal, state, or local administrations. Thank you!”
Ryan Wythe Quality Improvement Specialist, substance use, Central City Concern, USA

“Having up to date research on tap like this is a fantastic support.”
Andi Ross Counselling Practice Co-ordinator, Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service, Scotland

“Fantastic resource making research available for organisations who don’t have access – cost, time, systems – to trawl new publications; and great resource for staff induction and training.”
Maggie Telfer Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Drugs Project, England

“Your work is an enormous help for me to get well-prepared, commented compilations and overviews of central topics around the addictions, often with the possibility to download relevant materials. It’s also a great help to easily contact authors for reprint requests. I’m reading all mails you are sending. You are doing a great job!”
Professor Joachim Koerkel Department of Psychology, University of Applied Sciences, Nürnberg, Germany

“You’re doing brilliantly!!!! Life and learning are made very easy. Thank you.”
Sue Gardner consultant clinical psychologist, England

“Informative current relevant and convenient … an excellent resource I find second to none.”
Pollock Boyd North Lanarkshire Council, Scotland

“Have just re-read this article [harm reduction hot topic] and was struck again by how thoughtful and accurate it is. For those of us who have lived and worked through the changes the article discusses, it summarises perfectly how we have got to where we are today.”
Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

“I must admit I like the Matrix … the database is phenomenal. I only wish that it was available in the ’80s and ’90s for my respective degrees; the hours of library time it could have saved! … a tremendous piece of work, what a fantastic resource.”
Paul-John Griffiths Independent Forensic Psychologist, UK

“Superb long read from @mike_ashton_ on evidence based commissioning.”
Oliver Standing Director of Policy and Communications, Adfam, England

“I am using your Matrices for all the medical students I am lecturing, guiding them there as the No. 1 resource they should go to on matters of drug and alcohol use … So thanks for an unparalleled resource!”
Shaun Shelly Addictions Division, University of Cape Town, South Africa

“Eye opening article [What is addiction treatment for?].”
Mick McManus Alcohol Co-ordinator, Substance Misuse Strategy Team, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England

“Thank you for such a beautifully written piece [What do the patients want?] – clear, intelligent, balanced and thought-provoking … This is an invaluable service!”
Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

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Dr Ian Paylor Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Convenor BA (Hons) Social Work Degree, Lancaster University, England

“This is a hugely valuable service to those of us who work in substance misuse/addictions. The analyses are clear and succinct, and this is brilliant considering the time constraints staff are working within. It is wonderful to receive updates regarding research into effective practice in the bite-size chunks. As a Learning & Development Advisor within a substance misuse treatment charity, it means that I can disseminate this very current and relevant information throughout the organisation to encourage dialogue and inform practitioners’ practice.”
O. Mack Learning and Development Advisor, Addaction, England

“This is the best thing I have ever read on this topic [hot topic on alcohol pricing].”
Paul Hayes former chief executive, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, England and later project leader, Collective Voice, England

“Saves no end of searching; your précis writer/s is/are excellent; the stuff is germane clinically, and sometimes useful to remind the most senior management of factors other than accountancy.”
Dr Gary Reynolds Chief Medical Officer and accredited prescriber, Drug Health, Canterbury Hospital, NSW Health Service, Australia

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Dr Sandy Francis lecturer, Action on Addiction and University of Bath, England and psychological therapist and supervisor, National Health Service, England

“I’ve been using Findings for many years – since you were paper-based. The e-version much better ... It’s always my first ‘go-to’ site.”
Kym Barlow Service Improvement Co-ordinator, Community Drug and Alcohol Team, Carmarthen, Wales

“Brilliant, you are an invaluable resource.”
Deborah Arthur case manager, Magistrate’s Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) programme, NSW Health, Australia

“Saves me huge amounts of time reviewing and condensing research that directly affects my clients … Many times more helpful than the source content.”
Greg Hoffman Director, GO SOBER, Longmont, Colorado, USA

“I think it is a fantastic service and would be mortified if it was not available. The [Alcohol Treatment Matrix] was perfect for finding specific papers/research to support a key piece of work I was doing with public health, saved me masses of time as the structure led me to the key sources I needed for our baseline work.”
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“Such a unique and special resource [service as a whole and matrices]! So much work made unnecessary by your marvellous site that gathers together a balanced view and so much information relating to a wide range of topics … You are the only site I find is thorough, balanced, informative and especially – encouraging.”
Russ Hayton Nurse Consultant and Governance Lead, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team., England

Great summary! I really enjoyed reading it and found the commentary on the study excellent and thought provoking … I really enjoy your site and find it the best summary that is out there about alcohol treatment.”
Professor Jon Morgenstern Director, Substance Abuse Services, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, USA

“The matrices are great, as are your Matrix Bite comments. It is a privilege to receive your pieces; great and useful job. Thank you so much.”
Dr Alain Braillon Alcohol Treatment Unit, Amiens, France

“Hi Mike I looked at them [matrices] more in depth and I agree with Audrey!”
Glenn Richardson formerly Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, Texas Department of State Health Services, USA

“Especially impressive are your use of older pieces of research [in the matrices] which are often forgotten (or not learned!!) by people who have not been around for a long time … important as I watch old mistakes being repeated.”
Ira Unell formerly Coordinator, Leicestershire Community Drug and Alcohol Services, England

“Thanks for providing such a super resource [matrices].”
Barry Salaberry Addictions counsellor, British Columbia, Canada

“Thanks Mike, You are a freaking legend.”
Paul Dessauer Outreach Coordinator, WASAU, Perth, Australia

“Findings has become indispensible as an authoritative one-stop shop for evidence in this field. It leads the way for other areas and we are very lucky to have it. It must be sustained for the long term. Findings is legend!”
Jim Sherval Deputy Director of Public Health, NHS Lothian, Scotland

“I find this service invaluable and use it as a good tool to try to influence practice by trying to encourage colleagues to access bulletins. I find that clinical colleagues may have time to access the Drug and Alcohol Findings analyses where they may not feel they have time to access the full journal.”
Euan Macleay Nurse Facilitator (BBV), Primary Care Facilitator Team, Spittal Street Centre, Scotland

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Dr Don C. Des Jarlais National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., USA

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Dr Rosie Winyard Senior Nurse and Service Manager, CAMHS Specialist Substance Misuse Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust, England

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Paul Davison non-medical prescriber, Contact drug and alcohol service, South Tyneside, England

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Danny Kiely Manager, Co-Morbidity Services, Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia, Australia

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Claire Brown Editor, Drink and Drugs News, UK

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Nielsen Leahy Alcohol Peer Support and Aftercare Lead, Torbay Primary Care Alcohol Services, England

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Michael Greenhut former Vice-Chair, Montgomery County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Maryland, USA

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“I thought it was a really, really excellent review of the evidence [on relationship between pupil engagement in schools and substance use].”
Dr Chris Bonell London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England

“I think your article “My Way or Yours” is excellent.”
Don Phillips , USA

“I really liked your article. Nice discussion of the research.”
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Dr Andrew Rosenblum Director, National Development and Research Institutes, USA

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Dr James McKay University of Pennsylvania Treatment Research Center, USA

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Professor Richard Velleman Director of Development and Research, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, England

“Excellent ... congratulations on such thorough work [concluding part of series on needle exchange].”
Dr Holly Hagan National Development and Research Institutes, USA

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Dr John Kelly Center for Health Care Evaluation, Stanford University, USA

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Zhiwei Zhang University of Chicago, USA

“As a group of commissioners leading service change in the drug and alcohol field, we have found Drug and Alcohol Findings an accessible gateway to research. It has helped us sift relevant research and identify evidence from around the world that has significantly informed our change processes. Findings is an essential tool and one I would commend highly to colleagues.”
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Professor D. Dwayne Simpson Director, Institute of Behavioral Research, Texas Christian University, USA

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Chicago Recovery Alliance, USA

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Francis Rocha Crime Reduction Initiatives, England

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Jim Sherval Centre for HIV/AIDS and Drug Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Dr Reiner Hanewinkel Institute for Therapy and Health Research, Kiel, Germany

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Nick Royle Drug Strategy Coordinator, Scottish Prison Service, Scotland

“Firstly I should like to congratulate on another edition of Findings. On the basis of the first two editions [1; 2) I think you have achieved your aim of providing research information for the field in an easily digestible form which makes tackling the original sources less daunting for the busy practitioner.”
Paul Wells Team Leader, Coventry Community Drug Team, England

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Susie Harries Project Director, RSA Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy, England

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Ollie Batchelor Training, Advice, Help and Research in Addictions (TAHRA), England

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Findings is a serious and considered attempt at making the link between research and practice. It is clear that this publication will make an important contribution to the development of effective services to tackle drug misuse problems.”
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