2015 Recovery from Addiction Conference

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Day 1 (2.11.15) Academic Conference: Religion and Addiction
Evening Lecture: Professor John F Kelly
Day 2 (3.11.15) Practitioners’ Seminar: Scientific, Social and Spiritual Aspects of Recovery

Further details below 

Day 1: Conference

Launch of ‘Religion and Addiction’ (special issue of the Journal Religions) Topics: Speakers will examine a range of specific different religious/spiritual traditions, as well as addressing general issues. Alongside the teachings of some of these traditions, consideration is given to the spirituality of the 12 Step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and the other Mutual Aid programmes.


Conference presentations from contributors to the Special Issue will include:

Prof Chris Cook (co-editor, Durham University), Dr Wendy Dossett (co-editor, University of Chester) Dr Mansur Ali:  Cardiff University. Drug addiction in Islamic history and theology. Dr Paramabandhu Groves: Camden and Islington NHS Trust. Buddhist approaches to addiction recovery. Dr James Holt: University of Chester. A Latter-day Saint approach to addiction. Dr Harshad Keval: Canterbury Christchurch University: Sikh spirituality and recovery from addiction. Professor Kate Loewenthal: University of London: Royal Holloway. Alcohol and substance misuse in Judaism. Dr Suzanne Owen: University of Chester. Native American recovery programmes. Other contributors to follow Professor Linda Mercadante: via video. Protestant Christianity

Public Lecture (Evening)

‘Scientific & Social Aspects of Recovery – the Roles of Mutual Aid and Community Initiatives’ Prof John F. Kelly, Harvard Medical School & President of the Society of Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Panel Discussion: The public lecture will be followed by a panel discussion session involving presenters from Days 1&2.

Day 2: Practitioners’ Seminar

Scientific, Social and Spiritual Aspects of Recovery – Understanding and Responding to the Characteristics and Challenges of Recovery


Speakers will examine current areas of academic, policy and practice activity around recovery methodology evidence-base, stigma and inequality, ABCD, the Fifth Wave, the self-narrative and the life-journey in recovery. There will also be contributions on the use of new PHE tools and examples of successful projects aiming to help improve engagement with Mutual Aid and community-based recovery initiatives.

Contributors: Contributions from prominent workers in the field will include:

Prof John F. Kelly:  Harvard Medical School. A theoretical framework for understanding addiction recovery and how mutual-aid/recovery support services are using these explanatory theories Mark Gilman: Public health England. Can Recovery Go Up as Funding Goes Down? Tony Mercer: Public Health England. Promoting mutual-aid through evidence, intelligence and professional development. Prof Gabriel Segal: King’s College London. A scientific explanation of a spiritual solution: why 12-step recovery works. Alistair Sinclair: UK Recovery Federation, Responding to the Age of Dislocation, will ABCD and the Fifth Wave connect us? Prof David Best: Sheffield Hallam University, Stigma, exclusion and access to community capital: realising a therapeutic landscape of recovery

Other contributors to follow


Day Delegate rate to include lunch and refreshments:

£95 waged; £25 unwaged (per day)

Public Lecture: £10 waged; £5 unwaged

Early booking is advised as places are limited.

Online Booking: Please go to http://shopfront.chester.ac.uk/  Click on ‘Event Booking’ and choose event

Queries: Please address any queries to Tim Roberts:
troberts@chester.ac.uk Tel: 07917-092757

Acknowledgements: CSARS Group would like to thank The Sir Halley Stewart Trust for supporting this conference.