CSARS Group is committed to providing training for professionals on mutual-aid engagement and recovery.

Awareness-raising and training events have been delivered for a wide range of staff and professionals involved in working with people with substance-misuse problems:

  • Recovery through engagement with 12-Step Fellowships – staff at a Detox Unit in Wrexham
  • Twelve-Step Recovery: An Introduction – PGDip Substance Misuse students at the University of Chester.
  • Twelve Step Recovery and Facilitation – several events for a wide range of professionals operating in the Wrexham area (as part of the WRAP Project).
  • Recovery through engagement with Mutual Aid Groups – a diverse audience of people involved with the implementation of Welsh Government’s “Recovery Framework”, held at Newport, Gwent.
  • Recovery through engagement with Mutual Aid – Shropshire Council’s Community Substance Misuse Team (in partnership with PHE), held in Shrewsbury.

These specially-tailored events have included contributions from guest speakers and sessions on:

  • Government recovery policy, service user requirements and resources available
  • The evidence base for recovery through mutual aid engagement
  • Assessing and building Recovery Capital
  • Mutual Aid approaches to recovery and engagement with mutual aid groups
  • AA/NA members in recovery  sharing their experience, strength and hope
  • Twelve Step Facilitation project outcomes and lessons learned
  • The Recovery movement in the UK

CSARS Group gratefully acknowledges contributors to these events including:

David Best (Monash University), Tony Mercer (PHE),Tony Ormond (AVOW), Leigh Proctor (SMART Recovery), Alistair Sinclair (UKRF) and members of mutual aid recovery groups

Feedback from attendees indicates a dramatic, positive change in perception of recovery and the freely available resources of MA for those seeking abstinence-based recovery.

Interested in Recovery or Awareness-Raising Training?

CSARS Group would welcome approaches to provide training events on all aspects of recovery from addiction through engagement with mutual aid groups.

Partnership Projects

CSARS Group recognises complexity in terms of the evidence-base and practical delivery of recovery from addiction. Results are best achieved through multi-disciplinary, partnership projects. The Group would welcome approaches from individuals or organisations seeking to develop ideas and projects consistent with its aims.