RECLAIMING LIVES: BEST PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY
OPENING PLENARY for UKESAD 2008
Chair: Dr Brian Iddon MP with Baroness Massey, Martin Lee, Dr Barry Karlin
Aspirations for treatment goals from a political angle, from a prisons and probation view, from the chair of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, and from the ceo of the world’s largest healthcare group.
Baroness Massey is chair of the government’s National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. She is a health-education specialist on drug and alcohol misuse, HIV/Aids and sexual health. She was director of the Family Planning Association, published books and training resources on health and sex education and is a qualified teacher. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Alcohol & Drug Education, the Trust for the Study of Adolescence and All-Party Parliamentary Groups on alcohol, drugs, Aids, population & development, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children, which she co-chairs.
Dr Brian Iddon MP is chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group and Member of Parliament for Bolton, South East. He was a member of the Science & Technology Select Committee, has BSc, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Hull, and was a reader in organic chemistry at the University of Salford. Brian served on Bolton Council for 21 years (1977-1998) and was first elected to Parliament in 1997, re-elected in 2001 and 2005. His main interests are in the science, education, and health and social-security policy areas.
Dr Barry Karlin is chairman and ceo of CRC Health, the largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment in the US. In 1995, he cofounded CRC to acquire and operate drug and alcohol abuse treatment facilities and provide a continuum of care. In 1999, he founded subsidiary eGetgoing, which uses online technology to expand quality treatment to untreated segments of the population. In 2002, the Silicon Valley Business Journal cited CRC Health as one of “the five fastest growing companies in the Silicon Valley”. eGetgoing, the only nationally accredited online alcohol and drug treatment programme, won the 2002 eHealthcare Leadership Award Gold Medal for best websites, achieving the gold medal for Best Physician/Clinician-Focused Site. Dr Karlin has a diverse background in management consulting, finance, marketing and strategic planning.