RECOVERY MOVEMENT HAS ARRIVED!
As 500 people attended the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders, to participate in Effective approaches to intervention, treatment and recovery, it was clear not that a grassroots recovery movement has started – but that it has arrived.
And within 36 hours of the last UKESAD presentation, the family-centric Centre for Policy Studies released a devastating critique by Kathy Gyngell of Labour's 'top down' failure to support people who need help.
Hear the voices of people in recovery and their supporters.
"Itâ€™s been a fantastic day at UKESAD. We didnâ€™t know what to expect but were rewarded again with a range of presentations and interviews that have brought insight and views from around the world. We started the day with Christopher Kennedy Lawford who was testament that addiction reaches all levels of society and does not discriminate. We have heard the views of Dr Robert Johnson, Prof Roger Weiss and Dr Louis Baxter. In a slight departure form our normal content we heard Dr Jack Kuo on Video Game addiction," writes George Williams.
"In the afternoon we were treated to The Outside Edge Theatre Company and managed to catch up with Phil Fox their creative force and board member David Charkman. The surprise of the day was managing to grab a few words with Jimmy Page – one of the finest guitarists in the world and patron of the Outside Edge Theatre Company."
Some of the speakers 15 May (l-r): Shadow minister for justice David Burrowes MP, UKESAD organiser Deirdre Boyd and actor/author/advocate Christopher Kennedy Lawford.
"Inexcessâ€™s first day at UKESAD has been an inspiration. We met people bringing a diverse view of the world of addiction, treatment and recovery. Dr Brian Iddon MP brought a political perspective to the debate, while we have been enlightened by academics and medical practitioners including Dr Robin Lawrence and Professor David Rosenbloom from Boston University," George Wiliams reports. "After lunch, we found ourselves in the company of Nick Barton and Kirby Gregory from Action on Addiction. Ed Mitchell shared his recovery in an interview of humour, honesty and experience."
Speakers on their way to the All-Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group, 13 May (l-r): Professor Larry Ashley of the University of Nevada, Professor Roger Weiss of Dept of Psychiatry-Harvard, Professor David Rosenbloom of Casa and JoinTogether.com, Patrick Kennedy Lawford, ASAM president Dr Louis Baxter, Jaime Delgado of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Association of Intervention Specialists board member Jane Eigner Mintz, IC&RC president Jeff Wilbee, Addiction Recovery Foundation CEO Deirdre Boyd, HRDI CEO Dr Andrea Barthwell, Tammi VerHelst of IITAP, Patrick Carnes, interventionist John Southworth and Freedom Consultancy director Johan Sorensen.
REGISTER FOR UKESAD 2010
We look forward to seeing friends old and new, to the 'buzz' of like minds, and exchanging international expertise via networking and our 60 national and international speakers in about 40 presentations. Delegates booking before December 2009 can benefit from significant 'early bird' discounts.
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