National Conference 2016

Date & time: 
21/11/2016 - 09:00 to 22/11/2016 - 16:00

Hosted by Addaction, our 2016 event is taking place at the Copthorne Gatwick Hotel in Crawley on 21 and 22 November.


  • Ethan Nadelmann - Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Jonny Benjamin - Mental Health Campaigner, Author and Vlogger (Find Mike, The Stranger On The Bridge)
  • Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE QC FRSA & Addaction Chair
  • Paul Farmer CBE - CEO, Mind
  • Prof Fiona Measham - Professor of Criminology, Durham University
  • Dr John Larson - Director of Evidence and Impact, Drink Aware
  • Isabella Goldie - Director of Development and Delivery, Mental Health Foundation
  • Sunny Dhadley - Director, The Recovery Foundation
  • Gethin Jones - Unlocking the Potential
  • Nick Turner - Sex/Porn Addiction Therapist
  • Liz Karter - Specialist in Gambling and Women
  • Lou Lebantz - Sugar Addiction Specialist
  • Guy Pink - Interim CEO, Addaction
  • ...and many more - see schedule below

We know that everyone takes different paths on their own recovery journeys, we know there’s not always one right answer, and we want to celebrate that diversity. The theme of this year’s National Conference is Addiction and Mental Health.

This isn’t your average industry conference with a typical agenda: the National Conference is an inspirational and provocative event for people in recovery. We aim to champion how recovery and wellbeing can transform lives, families and communities. Delegates can expect to learn about the latest developments in the substance misuse and mental health field, feel inspired by success stories, engage with others, and get involved in interactive workshops.

Leading figures will share their expertise, but we also want your views. What do you really think about recovery? How can we promote recovery and foster thriving communities? The National Conference will be an opportunity to showcase your opinions and encourage lively debates.

The National Conference also allows drug and alcohol professionals to develop practical, useful knowledge of recovery and treatment which can be applied to their everyday jobs. Health and drug treatment commissioners will have a unique opportunity to learn more about Addaction’s services and pioneering initiatives such as The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme, Drink Wise Age Well and Fulfilling Lives.

The Address of the Conference is: 

Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick

West Park Road


West Sussex

United Kingdom

RH10 3EU


The schedule is as follows:

Monday 21 November

Monday 21 November

11:00 - 12:00 Addiction and Emotional Health

  • David Badcock, Head of Events – Addaction
  • Sarah Fitzpatrick, Addaction Service User
  • Jonny Benjamin, Mental Health Campaigner
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director - Drug Policy Alliance

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch & Networking

13:00 - 14:05 The System Isn't Working

  • Anna Whitton, Executive Director of Services – Addaction
  • Paul Farmer CBE, CEO – Mind
  • Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director – Agenda
  • Isabelle Goldie, Director of Development and Delivery - Mental Health Foundation
  • Sunny Dhadley, Director - The Recovery Foundation

14:15 - 15:15 Breakout Sessions

  • Drug Policy Reform Q&A - Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director - Drug Policy Alliance
  • How To Engage People Who Drink At Risky Levels But Do Not Identify As ‘Problem Drinkers’ - Dr John Larsen, Director of Evidence and Impact - Drink Aware
  • Suicide Prevention - Linda DeBardelaben, Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Addaction
  • Yoga - So Much More Than Touching The Toes And Chanting! - Esther Nagle, Author of Bent Back into Shape - Beating Addiction Through Yoga
  • RisKit – Reducing Adolescent Risk Taking Behaviour - Steve Butler, Steve Butler, Contracts Manager - Addaction

15:15 - 15:45 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

15:45 - 17:00 A Walk Through Addaction

  • A large-scale Conversation Café that will showcase Addaction’s diverse range of innovative recovery-orientated initiatives. See conference brochure for more details.
  • Michaela Jones, Director – In2Recovery

19:00 - 21:30 Gala Dinner

  • Maff Potts - Camerados
  • Peter Titley - Marsh Recovery Awards
  • Janey Godley

Tuesday 22 November

09:00 - 09:25 Unlock Potential

  • Gethin Jones, Unlocking Potential - Inspirational Speaker and Development Coach

09:25 - 10:15 Technology & Compulsive Behaviours

  • Dave Reeve, Associate Director of Services – Addaction
  • Nick Turner, Sex Addiction Therapist
  • Liz Karter, Specialist in Gambling & Women
  • Lou Lebentz, Sugar & Obesity Expert - Sweet Enough

10:25 - 10:45 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

10:45 - 11:45 Breakout Sessions

  • Drug and Alcohol Testing for Treatment Services; A Guide For Today - Matt Taylor, Senior Business Consultant to Randox Testing Services
  • Understanding And Recognising Sex Addiction - Nick Turner, Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist - Paula Hall & Associates
  • Understanding Online Gambling And How to Recover - Liz Karter, Specialist in Gambling and Women - Level Ground
  • The 3 Main Drivers To Becoming "Sugar Addicted" - Lou Lebentz, Sugar & Obesity Expert - Sweet Enough
  • The next stop on the journey:  How can drug and alcohol services help support people into employment? – Scott Haines and Amy Winehouse Foundation

11:45 - 12:15 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

12:15 - 13:00 Together We Change Lives

  • Scott Quinell, Welsh Rugby Legend
  • Stephen Malloy - Martindale
  • Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE, Chair of Trustees - Addaction
  • Guy Pink, Chief Executive Officer - Addaction

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch & Networking

The organiser reserves the right to change the programme/speakers

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