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Changing the Conversation on Addiction

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To mark 40 years as one of Northern Ireland’s leading Addiction charities, on the 8th April 2019, Addiction NI and Inspire will host their Addiction Conference - ‘Changing the Conversation on Addiction’.

This isn’t your average industry conference with a typical agenda: the Conference will be an inspirational and provocative event for people living with addiction and those who support and work with them. Delegates can expect to learn from leading experts about the latest developments in the substance use and addiction field, feel inspired by success stories, engage with others, and get involved in lively debate.

This one day event will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, medical professionals, clinicians, community activists, outreach workers, advice workers, policy makers, employers, people with lived experienced of addiction and their families to come together to shape a new conversation on how we address addiction in Northern Ireland.


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9:00: Registration

9.30: Conference Opens

Tara Mills

  • Conference Host

Addictions in NI 40 Years on

Alex Bunting

  • Director of Addiction NI.

Policy and Practice in NI

Dr Michael McBride

  • Chief Medical Officer

Changing Policy To Achieve Better Outcomes

Tony Duffin

  • CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project

Danny Kushlick

  • Political activist and Founder of Transform Drug Policy Foundation

Penny McCanny

  • Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control

Dr Michael McBride

  • Chief Medical Officer

Alex Bunting

  • Director of Addiction NI.

11:15 Mid Morning Break

Keynote Address: Drugs Do Not Define Addiction

Dr Stanton Peele

  • World renowned addiction expert, psychologist and author ‘Love and Addiction’, ‘Why Addiction Isn’t a Disease’ and ‘Recover! An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life

Changing Our Approach

District Judge (MC) Bagnall

  • Presiding judge in Belfast Substance Misuse Court

Dr Geraldine O'Hare

  • Director of Rehabilitation: Probation Board Northern Ireland

Peter Sheath

  • Chem Sex Mental health Lead for Addaction

Dr Anne Campbell

  • Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and winner of highly prestigious Lifetime Drug and Alcohol Fellowship Application to NIDA (US)

Peter May

  • Permanent Secretary, Department of Justice

Dan Dunlop

  • Particiant in Mutual Aid Partnership

1:30 Lunch

Keynote Address: Addiction: Narrowing Brains in Narrowing Environments

Marc Lewis

  • Developmental neuroscientist and author of ’The Biology of Desire’ and ‘Memoirs of an Addicted Brain’

Stigma Free Conversations

Liz Karter Women and Addiction

  • A leading UK expert in gambling addiction in women and author ‘Women and Problem Gambling’, ‘Addictions from an Attachment Perspective’

Clare Flynn

  • Community health worker and recovery blogger

Kelly Bonner

  • BBCNI Reporter

Lisa McElherron

  • Director of Insight and Engagement (Inspire)


4:15: Conference Close

4:20: Marc Lewis book signing


Please note: speakers are subject to change.

Book early to avoid disappointment!


We have a limited number of bursaries available - for further information email s.mulgrew@inspirewellbeing.org

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