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Beyond symptom: an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection

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Addiction and dependence continues to be a serious problem in the UK. The number of people affected is rising, budgets are being squeezed, services are being cut.

This national conference brings together experts from across the recovery sector to look beyond the focus on substances. With a focus on the importance of relationships in healing, Beyond Symptom will challenge existing processes for the benefit of those who need it most.

You will:

  • Learn alternative treatment strategies that really work
  • Network with industry peers from across the UK
  • Hear from experts rethinking the addiction industry
  • Examine how commissioning structures have been changed
  • Enjoy a full day of debate, discussion and learning

Day includes:

  • Keynote speeches
  • Panel discussion
  • Lunch and networking
  • Expert Q&A
  • Workshops

Book now and discover how psychotherapeutic support can revolutionise dependance and recovery.

Early bird tickets SOLD OUT.

Standard tickets STILL AVAILABLE.


Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire

Changing the commissioning relationship

Description of the journey of integrating fourteen drug and alcohol services across the County to create, and commission, North Yorkshire Horizons, our outstanding recovery-focussed treatment service.

Oliver Standing, Director, Collective Voice

Systemcraft: harnessing the power of relationships to advocate in complexity for a better world for people who use drugs and alcohol

Exploring how using systems lens can help make sense of a complex world, and how relationships provide the essential underpinning to advocating and campaigning within drug and alcohol and related areas of policy.

Dr Linda Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Community Health CIC and GP

How psychosocial and clinical offers can transfer positively into communities and the challenges of breaking the cycle of medication dependency.

There has been a drive in recent years to retain people in treatment and many lives have been saved through harm reduction including opiate substitute treatment. This has been accompanied by significant benefits for many patients and the communities in which they live

During this session Dr Harris describes the importance of ensuring that the prescribing of any medication (and perhaps especially of OST) must not be allowed to become detached and delivered in isolation from other crucial components of effective treatment. Other elements of overall care must always be considered, including individual recovery care planning, psychosocial interventions and integration with physical health and wellbeing needs over a life course, mutual aid and peer support. All of these, in different combinations with different patients, and adjusted over time, can and do support sustainable recovery

Dr Anne Guy, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence

Not misusing; dependent

Increasing numbers of prescriptions for dependence forming psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults and children. While these drugs may help some people in the short term, there is growing evidence that long-term use leads to worse outcomes, and many patients report devastating persistent withdrawal and other negative effects. This session will look at how the APPG is working to ensure the needs of this patient group are properly recognised and met, and will reveal details of the forthcoming Guidance for Psychological Therapists created in conjunction with UKCP, BACP and BPS.

Leigh Bell, Public Health Manager

How we changed commissioning in York

The commissioner provider relationship is traditionally a partnership like a horse and jockey. To get the best for the end user a different approach is needed, developing service provision which suits both partners builds a more open and trusting dynamic. For me, this has relied on the ability to let go of the attachments of commissioner power, control and traditional service modelling and shift towards collaboration, trust and co-productive relationships with our provider.

Understanding abstinence and recovery was a very personal career journey which mirrors a logical change in approach to commissioning. It has also lead to challenges within the status quo of the sector. Setting a vision for recovery and an expectation of high quality psychotherapeutically informed service provision based on abstinence rather than maintenance raised a few eyebrows.

Reflecting on that journey has led to learning and a renewed commitment to ensuring residents wanting to address their addiction are given the same opportunities as other residents with symptoms that are simply more “acceptable” in our society.

Andy Ryan, Changing Lives

The When and I of addiction treatment

This session will view the process of addiction through the lens of relational and gestalt field theory, exploring how the relationship plays an important role in breaking the cycle and dependency that we see in addiction. It will include reference to field theory and how addiction can be viewed as an adaptation linked to attachment theory and affect regulation.

Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Adfam

The role of family relationships in drug/alcohol treatment

The session will explore how families can assist treatment and recovery and focus on the needs and experiences of family members including children

Chair: Professor Sarah Niblock, Chief Executive Officer UK Council for Psychotherapy

We’re delighted to bring the speakers together for a discussion on the relationships within the addiction process. We’ll discuss the role of psychotherapy in the treatment process, how psychotherapists can help make connections and influence change in the whole commissioning process with a view to breaking the cycles of addiction.


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