Respecting our delegates and their work:
> worldclass speakers, essential recovery topics,
> delegates can listen to ALL 28+ presentations - no difficult choices
> prestigeous venue, chef-prepared 4* lunch with seating, refreshments,
> ease of mobility with all conference facilities on one floor.

15 September 2020

Parliamentary meeting, by invitation only

 18:00 - 19:30 (time tbc)

The All Party Parliamentary Group - Cannabis: Harmful Effects on Developing Brains will be convening on Tuesday 15 September 2020.

It will be chaired by Craig Mackinlay MP.  Take a virtual tour.

14 September 2020

The DB Recovery+ McLean Deconstructing Stigma Awards 

Recovery Awards ceremony and dinner, 7pm, by invitation only
Click for details.
Nominate your hero/ heroine of addiction treatment and recovery!

Conference presentations are below + more to come!

Click the 'down arrow' at the end of each heading, for more information + Learning Objectives.





Optional 'open' 12-step meeting
08:00  to  09:00 v Plenary session

This confidential but open meeting is for members of 12-step fellowships and for interested professionals who want to learn and experience more of what their clients are doing.

Both the World Health Organisation and UK health watchdog Nice recommend mutual-help groups, particularly the
12-step based ones – and delegates will hear of their benefits in key presentations during the conference. But how do they work? This confidential but open meeting is for members of 12-step fellowships and for interested professionals who want to learn and experience more of what their clients are doing and feel more confident in recommending and understanding the processes.

The meeting will be chaired by a long-term member of 12-step fellowships who is also a qualified therapist

Welcoming refreshments
08:00  to  09:15 v Exhibitor room overlooking River Thames + Tower Bridge

While you register and get your delegate badges and bags, enjoy a choice of tea, coffee or water accompanied by Bircher muesli - apple & banana, Eggs & mushroom butti, Fruit pot coulis, Selection of seeds, Sweet mini pastries.

09:15  to  09:25 v Plenary session

Thank you for joining us and helping people into recovery from addictive behaviours. Recovery from addiction is possible; this symposium demonstrates it in action, and the research behind it.

Deirdre Boyd. Founder, CEO ~ DB Recovery Plus. Event organiser.
Welcome to this landmark area
09:25  to  09:35 v Plenary session

Helping to nurture recovery from addictive behaviours: transitioning into the mainstream in this landmark area.

Leslie Morgan OBE. Deputy Lieutenant ~ Tower Hamlets. "Welcome".
The effects of alcohol on society: latest research
09:35  to  10:05 v Plenary session

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, which consists of 50 non-governmental organisations working together to promote evidence-based policies to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. He shares the latest developments.

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK supports the Commission on Alcohol Harm: An Inquiry into the Effects of Alcohol on Society. This was established to examine evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Commission is also examining the need for a new alcohol strategy for England, which takes account of strategies in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and considers UK-wide priorities where policy is not devolved. Get up to date before its report later this year.

Learning objectives - by the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • List the evidence on alcohol harms
  • Identify recent trends in alcohol harms 
  • Discuss where UK alcohol policy is heading
  • The speaker will be attending the conference for the morning of 25 June and is open to discussions.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore. Alcohol Health Alliance. Alcohol policy: where now?.
Hormones, mental health and addiction
10:05  to  10:35 v Plenary session

Women's hormonal cycles can not only make them more prone to drug addiction but also more affected by triggers that lead to relapse - yet addiction studies on these are rare. Learn more in this session than you could in weeks digging for research.

Learning objectives - by the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Apply best practice when treating women in treatment for addiction
  • Identify appropriate, optimal times to set recovery assignments relating to hormonal changes
  • Enhance relapse prevention for women clients
  • Support dually-diagnosed women reaching peri/menopause.
Dr Judith Mohring. Consultant psychiatrist. Hormones, mental health and addiction.
Hooked: Reducing the stigma of recovery
10:35  to  11:05 v Plenary session

Melissa Rice and Jade Wye co-host Hooked: The Unexpected Addictsa BBC 5 Live podcast - and are the first winners of the Rachael Bland New Podcast Award, created to bring communities together. Their aim is to show that addiction can happen to anyone, and to dispel the false perceptions that the general public can hold about people with addictive disorders, thus reducing stigma. Their programmes have been so successful that the BBC commissioned a second series.

Click to watch the Hooked podcasts.

Learning objectives - by the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Direct people who need support to award-winning mainstream addiction-recovery podcasts
  • Identify related drivers of addiction and recovery
  • List ways to publicise addiction recovery further, reducing stigma.
Melissa Rice. Hooked: the unexpected addicts. Destigmatising recovery.
Michael Rawlinson. Action on Addiction. Hooked: deconstructing stigma.
Jade Wye. Hooked: the unexpected addicts. Destigmatising recovery.
Refreshment break
11:05  to  11:35 v Exhibitor room overlooking River Thames + Tower Bridge

Enjoy tea, coffee or cucumber & mint water accompanied by Blackberry smoothies, Mini muffins and a Fresh fruit bowl.
Visit exhibitors to see what they can offer, enter free raffle for jewellery and kindles.

Cultural addictions psychiatry: myths vs facts
11:35  to  12:05 v Plenary session

Ethnic minority groups are more likely to experience limited access and poor engagement in addiction services. Statistics show that 85% of people in addiction treatment were White British (Public Health Matters). Limited access to services can result in addiction going untreated, leading to long-lasting chronic sociological, psychological and physical health problems.

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Differentiate between excuses to avoid treatment/therapy and the reality of cultural specificity
  • Analyse how a client’s ethnicity and culture can affect their opinion and attitude to seeking  treatment for addiction
  • Spot how ethnic minority groups are more likely to seek help from family, friends or religious guides rather than healthcare professionals
  • Explain heightened stigma and perceived repercussions of drug use among a client's cultural peer group – and conversely, how some drugs have a reduced stigma or are normalised among  ethnic groups.
Dr Natasha Bijlani MBBS, FRCPsych. Cultural addictions psychiatry.
Presentation title tbc
12:05  to  12:35 v Plenary session
Jason Wyse. CEO ~ Silkworth Charity Group. Recovery communities.
The aftermath of legalisation: a medical researcher reports from the frontline
12:35  to  13:05 v Plenary session

We should all be concerned about laws on illegal drugs because they affect all of us: people who use drugs, who have family members using drugs; health professionals seeing people for drug-related problems, ambulance and police officers in the front line of drug harms, and all who pay high insurance premiums due to drug-related crime. So let's look at real-life facts vs theory.

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Quote statistics on the impact of legalisation across the US
  • Visualise from presenter's photos to describe the impact of such legalisation
  • Discuss the real-life impact in real time, to anticipate the next statistics.
Kenneth Finn MD. University of Colorado. Pain management, marijuana.
Lunch break
13:05  to  14:00 v Exhibitor room overlooking River Thames + Tower Bridge

A hot lunch (and salads) prepared by hotel chef will be provided, and there is plenty of seating:
Green pea soup, Butterbean ragu, Edamama beans and peas with chilli flakes & sesame oil, Grilled tilapia with soft herbs, Quinoa with roasted vegetables & nuts & seeds, Thai green chicken curry, Sticky rice, Tomato and mozzarella, Fruit salad, Lemon tart.

Choose your meal, check out exhibitors, enter free raffle, browse through books, sit round tables and chat with colleagues.

LGBTQii issues in addiction and recovery
14:00  to  14:30 v Plenary session

Sexual minorities are substantially more likely than heterosexuals to have substance use disorders - and their drug using habits tend to predict trends in the more general drug-using population. DJ 'Fat' Tony explains the scene he centres and shows his latest film. 

Learning objectives - by the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • identify practices in the LGBTQii community which can presage trends in the more general community
  • explain the difference between LGBTQ inclusive and affirmative treatment
  • discuss the many challenges on establishing best practices for LGBTQ clients
  • share an example of a common mistake even well-intentioned clinicians make when working with LGBTQ clients.
DJ 'Fat' Tony (Marnach). DJ, recovery activist. LGBTQii issues & recovery.
Dayhab – Rehab in the real world
14:30  to  15:00 v Plenary session

Research and practice to help understand the efficacy of intensive outpatient treatment (dayhab) as a treatment modality for alcohol and drug problems.

Learning objectives:  At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the efficacy of 'Dayhab'
  • Explain how it reduces some of the barriers to treatment
  • Classify its function as a treatment modality – including issues around client suitability
  • Utilise it as both a referral source where client needs are complex, and an extended-care service after rehab.
Chris Cordell. BA(Hons) Soc. Psych & FDAP. Intensive daycare.
Recovery and criminal justice
15:00  to  15:30 v Plenary session

You've read his blogs - now meet Russell Webster, the UK's leading analyst on this specialist sector. Get updates on how the justice system can help – and hinder – recovery and where your service might help. 

Austerity has had a powerful impact on the links between sectors, with many initiatives for people dependent on drug and alcohol in the criminal justice system disbanded or heavily cut. Identify and benefit from positive developments such as Community Sentence Treatment Requirements.

Learning objectives - by the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • List recent trends and new developments for recovery in the criminal-justice system
  • Identify where your service can overlap and help access to treatment/recovery
  • Update information on the impact of changes in commissioning on service delivery.
Russell Webster. Consultant. Recovery + criminal justice.
Refreshment break
15:30  to  16:00 v Exhibitor room overlooking River Thames + Tower Bridge

Enjoy tea, coffee or mint & lime water accompanied by Banana cake and a Fresh fruit bowl. 

Visit exhibitors to see what they can offer, enter free raffle for jewellery and kindles.

Treating mothers with their children
16:00  to  16:30 v Plenary session

A Panorama documentary - Addicted: Last Chance Mums - explains that one in four mothers who have a child taken into care go on to have more children, many of whom are also removed from their care. And about one in 500 babies in England is born dependent on substances. If mothers don’t get clean, children will be taken into care.

Hannah Shead, CEO of Trevi House, works only with mums who have a drug or alcohol addiction. And she treats their children alongside them, in a residential programme, all too rare in the UK.

Learning objectives - by the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the profile of mothers and mothers-to-be who need help with their addictions
  • Identify what works to get them into recovery 
  • Describe how to assess parenting capacity, when the parent might be using addictive substances
  • Use a trauma-informed approach to help the children of these mothers.
Hannah Shead. Trevi House, Choices. Treating mothers & children together.
Responding to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
16:00  to  16:30 v Plenary session

A disproportionately-high percentage of people in recovery from addiction suffered childhood abuse, leading to addiction as a coping mechanism.  Our presenter authored Numbing  the Pain: a pocket guide to supporting survivors of CSA and addiction. She shares her top recommendations.

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify child abuse, neglect and abandonment
  • Describe how childhood trauma impacts child and adult physical and mental health - focussing on addiction as a coping mechanism 
  • List the most effective therapeutic approaches to help a client process childhood trauma, and to safeguard them
  • Shortlist practical exercises that a client can use in a therapeutic session
  • Make professional recommendations to clients on the way forward.
Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. Responding to survivors of child sexual abuse.
From the mothers of the world to ~ mothers to heal the next generation
17:00  to  17:30 v Plenary session

Research shows that parents are perhaps the best drug-preventive key players when influencing teenagers’ behaviour and values about drugs, that evidence based methods can work well if implemented correctly  – and that most drug-preventive programmes are designed for boys and families with 1-2 children.  

Learning objectives:  At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe how drug-preventive methods are not designed for girls and do not empower mothers, and can even make them feel inadequate and uncertain as parents
  • Discuss which and how prevention strategies can work for families with more children, families of foreign origin, and families in areas with legal drugs
  • Identify the process of transiting knowledge, not translating; the process of innovating methods, not implementing; and the process of sharing experiences, not bearing.
Leena Harake. Gender-sensitive alcohol & drug Issues.