Addiction Challenge

The Addiction Challenge is designed to prove which method of treatment is the best with the best patient outcomes (real world effectiveness) to help people:

  • stop smoking
  • stop drinking
  • stop drug dependency

The Addiction Challenge has been in effect since January 2007 and is open to ANY clinician, GP, scientist or medical professional but so far none have come forward to take part?

Ten Days to Substance Free
The test would be carried out over 10 days at the end of that period the individual would be ‘substance free and not reliant on any replacement medication’.

Any Treatment
The ‘comparison trial’ would be conducted with clinicians using ANY ‘randomised trialled, peer reviewed, evidence based, published treatment method’ they choose to treat patients and establish the benchmark and results.

Current Methods
In 2016 taking England as a whole, just 6.58% of opiate users ‘completed the treatment program’ which means 93.41% failed and left the program this is a massive failure rate. The NDTMS does not record if the client is actually ‘drug-free’ they simply record ‘treatment completion’ which is not the same thing as being ‘drug-free’ and is very misleading.

We would then use our methods to treat the same or other patients and compare the results to establish which method is the best, the most efficacious and with the best patient outcomes to help:

  • stop dependency (nicotine, alcohol or drugs)
  • or reduce the level of harmful use by significant levels
  • provide effective ongoing support
  • improve physical & mental health & wellbeing
  • in one to ten days

The reason why no one has come forward in 10 years is because they are unable to produce ‘any meaningful results in 10 days’ or even come close to matching our overall client improvements.

Please complete the form below if you think you can better our results and would like to take part in the head to head challenge.



North Wales Community Safety & Substance Misuse – Substance Misuse Action Team (SMAT)

Clinical Study/Evaluation
We were asked to take part in clinical study of our detox treatment for a regional Drug and Alcohol team in North Wales on the 11th September 2006 arranged by the North Wales Community Safety & Substance Misuse Coordinator for the Substance Misuse Action Team (SMAT) and supervised by their staff monitoring the treatment process and patient wellbeing. They chose an opiate substitute detox.

We made a presentation in August 2006 to the Conwy and Denbighshire SMAT which is made up of the following members and representatives from the following organisations:

  • Conwy County Borough Council
  • Denbighshire County Council
  • Conwy County Borough Council Elected Member
  • Denbighshire County Council Elected Member
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • North Wales Police
  • Wales Probation Trust
  • North Wales Drug Intervention Programme
  • Service users
  • DVSC
  • CVSC
  • Conwy and Denbighshire Youth Justice Service
  • North Wales Fire and Rescue
  • Welsh Assembly Government

to use our detox treatment as an out-patient treatment option to improve patient outcomes for those who want to become substance free.

North Wales Substance Misuse Forum
(Minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd October 2006).
‘Coordinator referred to the paper he had produced outlining the background of the Clinic as an alternative Detox facility, who had made a presentation to the SMAT chairs. They had offered to provide treatment to a chaotic user in north Wales, which had been supplied (with full consent of the client), by NEWHT. Dave reported that the client received the treatment (details circulated) and he continues to be off drugs for the past 2/3 weeks. The treatment appears to have worked on this particular client’.

No of Days
From 80mls to:
Reduction %

5 months later on the 29th January 2007 the drug & alcohol team doctor stated “I was very impressed and intrigued by the treatment you gave to one of the patients I see. He reduced his dose from 80mls to 0mls in a matter of five days.. He told me that he felt better and was sleeping better during his rapid reduction…Most heroin users have problems sleeping and tend to have sleeping problems during detoxification… I would expect a rapid reduction in opiate substitute to precipitate a withdrawal syndrome with prominent symptoms including agitation, muscle skeleton pain and abdominal cramps…It is difficult for me to explain scientifically why (treatment) should have a significant impact on the opiate withdrawal syndrome… Any treatment however, that makes patients feel more comfortable during detoxification is worth a closer look’.

Clinical Summary:

1. Trial was arranged by North Wales Community Safety & Substance Misuse Coordinator.
2. SMAT minutes record the detox treatment and successful treatment outcome.
3. The drug & alcohol team doctor was very impressed and intrigued by the treatment process.
4. The trial was under the drug & alcohol teams daily supervision.
5. The patient reduced his opiate substitute from 80mls per day to 0mls in 5 days.
6. The patient felt better and was sleeping better during his rapid reduction.
7. The patient had no prominent withdrawals symptoms.
8. It is difficult for the drug & alcohol teams doctor to explain scientifically how the treatment works.
9. The treatment has a significant impact on opiate withdrawal syndrome.
10. The treatment makes patients feel more comfortable during detoxification.
11. The patient had not relapsed and remained drug free 5 months later.
12. The patient confirmed during follow-up he was back in full time employment.
13. The patient had significant improvements in his overall health and wellbeing.
14. The treatment is a safe and successful out-patient detoxification treatment.

The DAT selected the patient and monitored his progress daily, the treatment was carried out under their supervision on their premises, the patient assessment comments are below:

“Before I started the treatment I was on 80mls opiate substitute a day, I wasn’t sleeping very well and was waking up in the morning feeling very poor. I wasn’t eating much either. Since I’ve started the treatment I have reduced by 60mls after one treatment, my eating is coming back and I’ve had the best nights sleep in a long time and woke up this morning feeling fine, I’m very pleased with the results…. Woke up this morning feeling fine, I’ve had no meths for over 24 hours and only 15mls yesterday morning about 8am and I’m still sleeping and eating and even got my bowel movement back, I’m no longer constipated and feel a lot better in myself”. John Williams

Health Assessments
The patient had used drugs for 5 years and had all the typical health defects associated with long term drug use however after just 5 days of our treatment the patient had significant improvements in how he felt mentally, emotionally and physically and also had major improvements in his eating and sleeping patterns and was no longer constipated which is the direct opposite of conventional detox methods that take much longer and where the patients health deteriorates during and immediately after the detox process which then causes most patients to relapse. Please see Mr Williams before and after treatment ‘Health Assessment’ represented in the chart below:

Score: 1. Very Poor  2. Poor   3. Satisfactory  4. Good   5. Very Good   6. Excellent

Health Assessment
How do you feel Physically?
How do you feel Mentally?
How well do you Sleep?
How well do you Eat?
How Positive do you feel?
How Tired do you feel?
How Healthy do you feel?
How do you feel about the Future?
Please rate Withdrawal symptoms?
Overall Treatment Score?
Health Assessment

‘I thought the treatment was excellent and now it has given me a chance to sort my life and I am very pleased with the results’. John Williams.

Conclusion: The treatment is a proven, safe, out-patient detox method with no prominent withdrawals symptoms and significant health improvements.

Addiction: No of Addicts: Annual Budget NHS Success Rates
Illicit Drugs 320,000 £1.2billion 1% to 5%
Alcohol Dependents 1,100,000 £50million 1% to 2%
Prescription Drugs 1.5 to 7 million £0 0%
Smoking Cessation 13,000,000 £160million 6%