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HUMANKIND EXTENDS ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH BREAKING FREE GROUP TO OFFER DIGITAL BEHAVIOUR CHANGE INTERVENTIONS ACROSS ALL ITS SUBSTANCE MISUSE SERVICES

September 2021

Leading health and social care charity Humankind has worked with Breaking Free Group for several years to deliver Breaking Free Online, the leading evidence-based digital solution for addressing alcohol and drug dependence, across its services in Devon, Dorset, North Yorkshire and Staffordshire. As Humankind standardizes its treatment offer, this new long-term partnership will see the implementation of Breaking Free Online being extended to all its substance misuse treatment and recovery services nationwide.

Humankind is committed to reducing deprivation and exclusion and to improving people’s wellbeing by ensuring that everyone has access to fair chances, and the provision of accessible treatment pathways is key to achieving the charity’s mission. 

Speaking about the partnership with Breaking Free Online, Manish Nanda, Executive Director of Operations for Humankind, said: “Humankind are always looking at ways we can provide our 85,000-plus service users with innovative treatment and support pathways. We are excited to be expanding our partnership and delivering Breaking Free Online nationwide, as this will ensure that many more people will be able to access the effective behaviour change interventions and be empowered to manage their substance misuse in a way that works for them.”

“We are delighted to further evolve our partnership with Humankind across its growing portfolio of substance misuse services,” said Glyn Davies, Service Development Director at Breaking Free Group. “Their commitment to digital innovation and evidence-based practice is refreshing, especially at a time when treatment services need to respond proactively to the challenges outlined in Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drug policy. Our long-term partnership will ensure Humankind’s service users can benefit 24/7 from behaviour change interventions with high consistency, clinical integrity and treatment fidelity. This will further strengthen and augment the high-quality service provision of Humankind.”

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GTL AND BREAKING FREE GROUP SUPPORT NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH IN THE UNITED STATES

September 2021

September is designated as National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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BREAKING FREE GROUP’S EVIDENCE-BASED VIRTUAL CARE SOLUTION IS SCALED ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

June 2021

Breaking Free from Substance Use, Breaking Free Group’s clinically effective virtual care solution for Substance Use Disorder, has been commissioned by Ontario Health for scaling across the province of Ontario.

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LOWER MY DRINKING COMMISSIONED TO ADDRESS PROBLEM DRINKING ACROSS CHESHIRE AND MERSEYSIDE

June 2021

Lower My Drinking, which is Breaking Free Group’s evidence-based digital platform to address problem drinking at scale through prevention and early intervention, has been commissioned by Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (CHAMPS).

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BREAKING FREE GROUP PARTNERS WITH TEN16 RECOVERY NETWORK TO STRENGTHEN ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES ACROSS MICHIGAN

May 2021

Breaking Free Group has formed a partnership with Ten16 Recovery Network to enable Breaking Free from Substance Abuse, its evidence-based digital solution, to support communities across Michigan, including Midland, Clare, Gladwin, and Mecosta.

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NHS ADDICTION PROVIDER ALLIANCE UTILISES BREAKING FREE TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR CLIENTS

March 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to greater adoption of the Breaking Free from Substance Use solution by member organisations of the NHS Addiction Providers Alliance, who are using our evidence-based digital health technology to increase access to recovery support for their clients, mitigate disruption to their service delivery, and augment in-person treatment.

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KALEIDOSCOPE AND BAROD COMMISSION BREAKING FREE FOR THEIR SHARED SERVICES ACROSS WALES

February 2021

Kaleidoscope Project and Barod are leading charities that operate substance misuse treatment and recovery services across Wales. They have secured Welsh Assembly Government funding to increase their digital provision in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BREAKING FREE FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE DEPLOYED TO ADDRESS SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER AT WINNEBAGO COUNTY JAIL, ILLINOIS

February 2021

Breaking Free Group’s evidence-based digital Cognitive Behavior Therapy program for substance use disorder, Breaking Free from Substance Abuse, has been introduced at Winnebago County Jail in Illinois via GTL’s Inspire tablets.

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BLACKPOOL COUNCIL COMMISSIONS BREAKING FREE AS PART OF A HOME OFFICE PILOT, PROJECT ADDER

January 2021

Project ADDER (ADDICTION, DIVERSION, DISRUPTION, ENFORCEMENT AND RECOVERY) is a pilot that will be run by the Home Office in Blackpool, among other locations, for a period of three years. It will focus on co-ordinated law enforcement activity, together with expanded diversionary programmes and substance misuse treatment and recovery services.

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GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST IMPLEMENTS BREAKING FREE ACROSS ALL ITS COMMUNITY SERVICES

December 2020

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) has worked with Breaking Free Group across numerous contracts over the past few years. GMMH has now partnered with Breaking Free Group to introduce Breaking Free from Substance Use, our evidence-based digital programme for alcohol and drug dependence, across all its community contracts.

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HEALTH CANADA COMMISSIONS BREAKING FREE GROUP TO SUPPORT CANADIANS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

November 2020

Breaking Free Group has been commissioned by Health Canada to develop a two-stage preventative digital intervention in both official languages to increase the wellness of people in the general Canadian population whose difficulties with alcohol or drugs could potentially escalate to problematic levels.

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CRANSTOUN COMMISSIONS LOWER MY DRINKING FOR WORCESTERSHIRE

October 2020

Cranstoun is a national charity providing health and social care services across England. A long-term partner agency of Breaking Free Group, Cranstoun has commissioned Lower My Drinking to introduce a full spectrum digital approach to addressing alcohol related harm...

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTION BECOMES FIRST JURISDICTION IN THE UNITED STATES TO PROVIDE BREAKING FREE FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE

August 2020

Global Tel Link (GTL) has partnered with Breaking Free Group to introduce Breaking Free from Substance Abuse across Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC). Since launching in May 2020, the program has provided Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to over 15,000 inmates with drug and alcohol dependence across 22 facilities, demonstrating its ability to deliver behavioural support at scale.

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KENT PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSIONS BREAKING FREE GROUP

August 2020

Kent County Council has commissioned Breaking Free Group’s evidence-based digital public health platforms, Lower My Drinking and My Quit Route, to help prevent alcohol harm and increase smoking cessation rates across the county.

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BREAKING FREE GROUP INITIATIVE HELPS SUBSTANCE MISUSE SERVICES IN THE UK, IRELAND, GIBRALTAR AND CANADA MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19

March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Breaking Free Group has launched an initiative to make Breaking Free from Substance Use, its evidence-based digital intervention for drug and alcohol dependence, available free of charge to substance misuse treatment and recovery services across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar and Canada.   

In the UK, this initiative is being rolled out by organisations including the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance (NHS SMPA), Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP), Scottish Government and Collective Voice, the national alliance of drug and alcohol charities.

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CANADIAN INSTITUTES OF HEALTH RESEARCH AWARDS GRANT FUNDING FOR STUDY OF BREAKING FREE FROM SUBSTANCE USE AT CAMH

February 2020

Canada’s federal funding agency for health research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), has awarded a grant of $378,000 for a study to be conducted by a team of investigators from the University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Ontario Telemedicine Network, Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) and Breaking Free Group.

Led by Dr Lena Quilty (University of Toronto and CAMH), the study is a three-arm randomized controlled trial examining the clinical impact of providing the Breaking Free from Substance Use digital intervention for Substance Use Disorder to patients at CAMH alongside peer support. A total of 225 participants will be randomized to one of three groups: 1) Breaking Free plus peer support and standard care, 2) Breaking Free plus standard care, or 3) standard care only. 

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