SAAS Conference in Sheffield

On Friday September 14th nine of us from the Basement met up to travel to Sheffield to the 2nd National Recovery in the community conference.

Sheffield-SAAS-Conference-PictureOn arrival we all went into the exhibition hall where there were information stalls ranging from intuitive Recovery, NA, SMART recovery, families together and exhibits from various different projects.

The first speaker we heard was Carl Cundall, Recovery Community Manager from S.A.S.S. Sheffield Alcohol Support Service – and also a Smart Recovery U.K. trustee. He talked us through his journey in recovery having started as a volunteer at S.A.S.S. working his way up to senior management and sitting on various boards.

Next to speak was Dr David Best – Associate professor of addiction at Turning point/Monash University. He focused on his work around treatment effectiveness and models of recovery.

Finally we heard from Kevan Martin – founder and Chief Exec of NERAF Northern Engagement into Recovery from Addiction Foundation. Going into recovery he found that the service he wanted didn’t exist so he started a support group in his own flat. The support group grew into what is a Sunderland based NHS commissioned service.

For the afternoon sessions we were given a choice of various workshops ranging from – The Changing Face of Drug Use; Recovery in Rehab – a master class; Respect, Change and Lowering the Drawbridge, Mutual Aid – the elephant in the room, and a Conversation Café, where the topic of discussion was delving deeper into all things recovery.

I really enjoyed the conference and the topics that were discussed. As I’ve never met Michaela from Wired In, I was inspired by her passion for abstinence and I also found David Best and all the other speakers truly brilliant.

Written by: Alison