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12th July 2012: Our 2nd Recovery Conference attracts over 250 delegates
On Wednesday 20th June we held our 2nd National Innovations in Drug & Alcohol Recovery Conference at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. It was a great success with over 250 delegates attending from across the UK’s world of drug & alcohol treatment, commissioning and many service users.
They all spent a day hearing from speakers and attending workshops by people already having success in the field of recovery. The conference opened with an update speech from Mark Gilman, the NTA lead on recovery, and an advocate of Detox 5 as an option within an individual’s care pathway.
Other keynote speakers included Dr Amal Beaini from Detox 5, Robbie Davison from the Can Cook - a social enterprise that teaches people including drug users to cook and set up ‘pop-up’ cafes across the city of Liverpool. Also speaking were two people in their own recovery from drugs and alcohol - Kevin Hunt from Durham Recovery Academy, and Carl Cundall from Sheffield Alcohol Support Service.
There were 12 different workshops with subjects as diverse as ‘Recovery and Technology’, ‘Over 50’s service users’, ‘Self-portraiture and Recovery’, and ‘Drama as an ‘alternative substance’’. There was also an opportunity to observe a choice of mutual aid in the form of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, or a SMART recovery meeting. Last, but not least, there was also a 15 minute musical performance from the Raucous Caucus Recovery Chorus.
Feedback from delegates was hugely positive:
Detox 5 started me on a long journey back to reality, without Detox 5 this would not have been possible. The staff are all excellent at dealing with all of the issues that come along with opiate misuse. Detox 5 should be funded by the NHS. The only criticism I have is that cold drinks were not available, Ice cold drinks are a 'must have' when detoxing.