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BREAKING FREE FROM SUBSTANCE USE GOES LIVE IN CANADA

April 2019

Breaking Free Group has launched a fully-localized Canadian version of the UK's leading digital behaviour change program for substance dependence, Breaking Free from Substance Use.

Accessed at breakingfreeonline.ca, the new program includes a Canadian English voiceover that guides users through every screen. The Canadian French version, with full language translation and voiceover, will be coming on stream very soon. 

Facilitated by our partners Ontario Telemedicine Network (otn.ca), the first service in Ontario to utilize Breaking Free is House of Sophrosyne (sophrosyne.ca), an organization dedicated to helping women across the Windsor-Essex area who are being affected by substance misuse. This region, like many other areas of Canada, has been significantly affected by the current opioid crisis.

Alongside this, the first deployment of Breaking Free in British Columbia is at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions in Vancouver, where it has been commissioned by Provincial Health Services Authority (phsa.ca) and is being delivered as part of an innovative Contingency Management program.  

Dr Jonathan Ward, Managing Director at Breaking Free Group, commented: “We are very excited to be launching Breaking Free in Canada, and to be starting with such forward-thinking organizations as House of Sophrosyne and PHSA. With the expert assistance of OTN, our evidence-based digital intervention can now increase people’s access to effective recovery support and strengthen the work of Canadian healthcare providers and addiction services in addressing the opioid epidemic and rising methamphetamine use.”   

To watch an overview of Breaking Free, click here: https://youtu.be/Jk1JL5He6u8

Pour voir une vue d'ensemble de Breaking Free, cliquez ici: https://youtu.be/jN6LO5UHacE

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BREAKING FREE GROUP FORMS LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH INCLUSION AND MIDLANDS PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

October 2018

Breaking Free Group has entered a long-term national partnership with Inclusion, the specialist substance misuse treatment division of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Inclusion was established in 2002 as part of the Specialist Services Group of MPFT. As part of the Specialist Services Division, Inclusion develops new and flexible services across England where it is felt Inclusion have the expertise to provide a quality service.

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BREAKING FREE GROUP’S DIGITAL PROGRAMME FOR SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE RECEIVES NICE ENDORSEMENT

September 2018

Breaking Free Group’s clinically-effective digital programme for alcohol and drug dependence, Breaking Free from Substance Use, has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE has granted this endorsement because the content of Breaking Free from Substance Use supports implementation of the recommendations in its public health guidelines on individual approaches to behaviour change (PH49) and general approaches to behaviour change (PH6).

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BREAKING FREE GROUP PRESENTS AT LEADING INTERNATIONAL CORRECTIONS CONFERENCE

May 2018

Breaking Free Group was invited by the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) to present at their 2nd Correctional Research Symposium, held in Prague. 

Dr Sarah Elison-Davies, Research Director at Breaking Free Group, presented clinical outcomes from the evaluation of our Breaking Free from Substance Use (Justice) programme in UK prisons. Her presentation also explained the approach taken to evaluating these outcomes, which was informed by the UK Medical Research Council’s framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions.

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