From chains to change: a new model for transformation

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

  • Describe the three interconnected variables that form the basis of Accountability Training
  • Identify key organising principles for operating a self-governing, peer-run sober house for people with trauma, substance misuse, and mental health issues
  • Recount insights about the recovery and change process, through stories from such houses
  • Debate the recovery and change model for addiction recovery.

Dr Stephen Valle turned his former home, Grace House, into a peer- run sober house for people struggling with addiction, co-occurring mental health disorders and trauma after leaving prison or a treatment programme. Drawing on his From Chains to Change book, participants will hear stories of hope and healing – including how patients turned healers.