NDSAG 2015

NDSAG 2015
LOCATION
London, England
EVENT THEME
Addicted to Recovery: New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group Annual Conference - 21st & 22nd May 2015
EVENT SUMMARY
In the 1970's the New Directions group took on the concept of "Alcoholism". Their pioneering critiques of the "disease model" and its successors have informed developments in alcohol treatment for nearly 50 years.In 2015 New Directions explores "Recovery". Against a background of vested interests scrabbling to claim it for themselves, we will examine the origins of "Recovery" and consider the future for the concept.
Our 39th Annual Conference featured two distinct one day symposiums covering...
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Event speakers:

Colin Drummond
Professor Drummond was appointed in 2007 as Professor of Addiction Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust...
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Robin Davidson
Professor Robin Davidson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who left the Leeds Addiction Unit to become Head of Clinical Psychology Services for the Northern Health and Social Board and then the Belfast City Hospital Trust...
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Don Lavoie
Don Lavoie is an Alcohol Programme Manager at Public Health England. Prior to joining PHE, he was part of the Alcohol Policy Team at the Department of Health...
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Marc Lewis
Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto...
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Dora Duka
Dora Duka is since 2000 Professor of Experimental Psychology in the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience group of School of Psychology in University of Sussex...
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Anne Lingford-Hughes
Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes is Professor of Addiction Biology at Imperial College London...
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Tim Leighton
Tim Leighton is Action on Addiction's Director of Professional Education and Research...
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Pip Mason
After qualifying as a registered nurse, Pip moved into counselling people with alcohol problems and other forms of dependence...
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Antony C. Moss
Dr Moss is the Head of Psychology and Director of Education in the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University...
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Mike Ward
Mike Ward is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Concern. He comes from a social work background...
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Jim Orford
Jim Orford trained in clinical psychology and obtained his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and is now Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham...
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Prof Niamh Fitzgerald
Prof Niamh Fitzgerald is Lecturer in Alcohol Studies at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (www.ukctas.ac.uk)...
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Alistair Sinclair
Alistair Sinclair is a founding Director of the UK Recovery Federation (UKRF)...
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Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and presently at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is the author or co-author of over 50 journal publications in psychology and neuroscience, but he now focuses exclusively on addiction -- what it's like to be an addict and what's going on in the addicted brain. His recent book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, blends the telling of his own years of drug addiction with an accessible account of how drugs affect the brain and how changes in brain function help explain addiction. His upcoming book is entitled The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease. It combines scientific findings with intimate biographies of recovered addicts, to make the case that addiction develops through accelerated learning and it can be overcome through self-directed change.
Dora Duka is since 2000 Professor of Experimental Psychology in the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience group of School of Psychology in University of Sussex. She studied Medicine in Athens where she also did her PhD in Pharmacology. She has completed her training as an Anaesthetist in Germany, where she also worked at Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry as a bas ic scientist in Neuropsychopharma cology. Subsequently she worked in the pharmaceutical industry as head of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Department, at Schering AG in Berlin. She returned in Academia 1995 as a Reader at Sussex University where she became established as an experimental psychologist. Her work focusing in translating ideas and methodologies from animals to humans has been influential in particular with regard to research in addictive behaviours. She is currently the President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.
Her investigations early in her career led to the first demonstration of a relationship between benzodiazepines and endogenous opiate systems, which has generated twenty years of research effort. During 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry in the sector of clinical psychopharmacology, she was involved in the study of the mechanisms underlying memory impairment. Her current work focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying the acute effects of alcohol on cognition and emotional sensitivity in social drinkers and the long term effects of alcohol on the same aspects in binge drinkers and alcoholics. She uses functional and structural imaging to reveal these mechanisms. Her work is supported by the Medical Research Council the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the European Commission and the National Institute of Health.
Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes is Professor of Addiction Biology at Imperial College London. She is also a Consultant Psychiatrist with a particular interest in pharmacological treatments of alcohol problems and co-morbidity at Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Lingford-Hughes graduated in medicine from Oxford University, completed her PhD at Cambridge University and trained in psychiatry at The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals and Institute of Psychiatry. Her research has focused on using PET and fMRI neuroimaging and neuropharmacological challenges to characterize the neurobiology of addiction, particularly alcoholism and opiate dependence and more recently pathological gambling. She is currently working on MRC funded studies about the pharmacology of different vulnerabilities to relapse in alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction and opioid system in gambling and alcoholism.

Professor Lingford-Hughes has also contributed to NICE guidance about treating alcohol and opiate addiction. She led the addiction guidelines from the British Association for Psychopharmacology as well as contributing to others about co-morbidity. She is currently Chair of the Academic Faculty of Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Tim Leighton is Action on Addiction's Director of Professional Education and Research. He came to work for Clouds (residential treatment centre) as a counsellor in 1985 and in 1987 went to Hazelden in Minnesota to look at their addiction counsellor training programmes in order to develop a course suitable for British counsellors in the field. He has been leading professional education courses and degrees in the field of addiction for over 25 years.

Tim has been a UKCP registered Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist since 1994 and is also an accredited trainer and supervisor .

His current research interests are Addictions Counselling as a social practice, and theory-based evaluation of treatment programmes, attempting to identify mechanisms of change leading to recovery. He acts a peer reviewer for leading journals in the field, including Addiction and Addiction Research & Theory.
Alistair Sinclair is a founding Director of the UK Recovery Federation (UKRF). In the past 32 yea rs he has been: a trainee journalist, student of literature, residential social worker, disabilities support worker, alcohol rehab worker, drug user, road protestor, political activist, homelessness worker & manager, drug worker, drug service manager, consumer of mental health services and general manager of a drugs charity. He is a qualified counsellor and community worker and is currently focused on strength-based community building and recovery-orientation within services and the wider world. He is a member of the ACMD Recovery Committee.
Don Lavoie is an Alcohol Programme Manager at Public Health England. Prior to joining PHE, he was part of the Alcohol Policy Team at the Department of Health. He leads on various initiatives to improve the early identification and response to alcohol misuse.
Don has worked in the NHS as a commissioner of both alcohol and drug treatment services at a local and regional level.
Trained as a Psychologist in the USA, he worked as the Director of Alcohol Services for Solano County Mental Health, one of the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area of California before moving to the UK in 1986.
Professor Drummond was appointed in 2007 as Professor of Addiction Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

His MD was on the subject of alcohol and public health,which included the development and validation of the Alcohol Problems Questionnaire. Professor Drummond is principal investigator on several research grants from the Department of Health (DH), the Medical Research Council and the European Commission, including the DH funded National Alcohol Needs Assessment Project and a national research programme on Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention, also funded by DH.

Editorial appointments include the journals Addiction,British Journal of Psychiatry, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. Published papers and books on a wide range of topics including epidemiology, clinical trials, drug and alcohol policy, and theories of craving. He provided advice to government on alcohol and drug misuse strategy. He was a member of the Models of Care working group that produced national frameworks for drug and alcohol services in England. He is a member of the Faculty of Addictions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and previously served as the Academic Secretary. He is also the director of the Specialist Clinical Addiction Network based at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and convenor of the Treatment of Addiction Research Group of the UK Mental Health Research Network. He is a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence and A lcohol Problems, and Chair of the NICE guideline development group on management of harmful alcohol use and alcohol dependence.
After qualifying as a registered nurse, Pip moved into counselling people with alcohol problems and other forms of dependence. With over 20 years experience of running services in day centres, rehabilitation units, primary health care, prisons and the courts she now offers consultancy and training services internationally from a base in Birmingham, UK. She also works for Aquarius 2 days a week counselling people with gambling problems using motivational interviewing and CBT.
Dr Moss is the Head of Psychology and Director of Education in the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University. He has varied research interests in the cognitive mechanisms underlying drug use and addictive behaviour,the acute effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviour, and the development of novel methods for assessing the effectiveness of public health interventions in the alcohol field. Underpinning this variety of interests is a focus on the synthesis of evidence and theory from a variety of domains in addiction science. Dr Moss completed his PhD at LSBU in 2008, and spent two years working in the Addictive Behaviours Unit at St George's, University of London, before rejoining the Addictive and Health Behaviours Research Group at LSBU.
Professor Robin Davidson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who left the Leeds Addiction Unit to become Head of Clinical Psychology Services for the Northern Health and Social Board and then the Belfast City Hospital Trust. It was here that he developed the Psychooncology service and the McMillan Support and Information Centre.

He has honorary appointments with Queens University Belfast, The University of Ulster and London South Bank University. He is contracted to the Isle of Man Health Service and has a flourishing UK private practice.

He is currently Co Chair of GAIN ( the NI equivalent of NICE ) and Chair of UK Smart Recovery.
Mike Ward is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Concern. He comes from a social work background. He founded and led Surrey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services, where he also acted as DAAT Coordinator and community safety lead. He is now a full-time consultant and trainer. Mike has worked in the substance misuse/ mental health field for over thirty years.

He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and has recently written guidance on minimum standards for alcohol IBA. Most relevantly he has just completed the Blue Light Project manual which provides guidance on working with change resistant problem drinkers who place a burden on the community.
Jim Orford trained in clinical psychology and obtained his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and is now Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He has researched and written extensively about alcohol, drug and gambling problems and particularly about their impact on the family. His best-known published work is Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions (second edition, 2001). More recent books include: An Unsafe Bet? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having (2011); Addiction Dilemmas: Family Experiences in Literature and Research and their Lessons for Practice (2012); and Power, Powerlessness and Addiction (2013). In 2010 he was recipient of the international Jellinek Award for his contribut ion to alcohol and other addictio n studies. He is a co-founder of Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) and his commentaries on problem gambling can be found on the Gambling Watch UK website.
Prof Niamh Fitzgerald is Lecturer in Alcohol Studies at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (www.ukctas.ac.uk). Her curren-t remit is to lead in teaching and public engagement on alcohol issues for UKCTAS. Niamh has been working in the field of brief interventions on alcohol issues for UKCTAS. Niamh has been working in the field of brief interventions on alcohol and other lifestyle issues since 2004 through posts with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Robert Gordon University and for over 9 years leading Create Consultancy Ltd. Other interests include drug and alcohol education, treatment and recovery, reducing harm to children affected by parental substance misuse and communication skills in healthcare more broadly.

Niamh conducts research into the implementation, design and testing of alcohol brief interventions in various settings including current work in pharmacies, youth services and A&E. Niamh has trained over 1,000 practitioners and over 200 trainers on alcohol, drugs and other lifestyle issues and played a lead role in supporting the rollout of alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) in Scotland. With colleagues at Create, Niamh authored the national ABI training programme for primary care, A&E and antenatal staff, as well as other programmes for youth workers, community workers, social workers and multidisciplinary groups in both Scotland and England. Nationally, Niamh supported the development of ABI practitioner and patient materials, online and audio-visual training resources, and local implementation. Create were also commissioned to roll out programme of mainstreaming alcohol brief interventions 'on an industrial scale' across the bublic sector Wigan.

Niamh is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and has been on the committee of the International Network for Brief Interventions on Alcohol and other drugs.