Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NDSAG Annual Conference 40th celebration - Bradford 2016

40th Annual International NDSAG Conference
Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th April 2016 – Midland Hotel, Bradford, UK

“Not all alcohol problems are dose related” (Ron McKechnie)

Disease Model – Controlled Drinking – Excessive Appetites – Harm Reduction – Brief
Interventions – Motivational Interviewing – Relapse Prevention – Cycle of Change –
Project Match – UKATT – Drug Speak – Recovery movements – Minimum Unit Pricing

This conference will offer a celebratory retrospective exploration over what
we have learnt from the last 40 years and prospective crystal ball gazing about
what we might expect in the next 40.

Confirmed contributors include:
Professors: Bruce Alexander (Canada)
Keith Humphries (USA)
Nick Heather (UK)

This 4 day residential conference will be available for an incredible £495.00
(day attendance and bespoke options will also be available)

To register an expression of interest or to even book your place now
please contact Andy Perkins on (01382 224846) or at andyperkins@f8c.co.uk.

New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group: Charity No: 281393
“providing a safe environment for original thinkers and speakers since 1976”

Keep checking our website www.newdirections.org.uk for regular updates on the
conference programme or contact Andy Perkins/Jenni Turnbull (Conference Administrators)
by e-mailing enquiries@f8c.co.uk. Booking forms will be available soon on our website.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NDSAG Conference May 2015, Central London

Our 39th Conference took a slightly different format, two day seminars in Central London, with .

Over sixty people attended at least part of the conference, with forty people staying for both, and enjoying our evening social events in nearby restaurants.

Thursday 21st May: “Brains first and then Hard Work.” (The House At Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne. 1928).
The first day started with the concept of ‘brain science’ and its relationship to alcohol.
Marc Lewis launched the conference with a mind-expanding perspective on why all that evidence of brain activity could be seen as part of the ongoing development of the brain. Dora Duka looked at how patterns of brain imagery could be used to identify those at risk of relapse. Anne Lingford-Hughes explained how similar techniques might aid with development of pharmaceutical aids to recovery.

This was followed with two critical explorations of ‘recovery issues’ for drinkers.
Tim Leighton examined the evidence and ideologies behind the recovery movement and those who have adopted it within political or moral frames. Alistair Sinclair challenged us to think about those same perspectives from the "problem drinker's" perspective.

Keith Humphreys and Niamh Fitzgerald both gave insights into the influences that govern alcohol policy - both within and without political motivations.

Friday 22nd May: Proving policy or improving practice?
This day expanded on the first day’s themes by exploring alcohol policy perspectives and the treatment agenda,
Don Lavoie gave an overview of government policy from Public Health England and the Dept of Health.
Colin Drummond outlined why the changing role of the NHS in alcohol and addiction services has diminished training and clinical input from psychiatrists and nurses.
There followed an account by Pip Mason of lessons she learned from alcohol interventions for helping gambling addicts. And lessons she learned about gambling addictions.
Then with further perspectives from the field, Anthony Moss presented "The unhelpful effects of avoidance strategies in addictive behaviours" and how avoidance can increase risk of relapse.

Robin Davidson's look at how people who claim to use evidence might not use the whole picture.
As he put it "He used evidence like a drunk used a lamp post - for support not illumination".
The Blue Light Project has given Mike Ward and his team some insights into what might help "hard to engage", "frequent" service users.
To conclude, Jim Orford re-visited some themes from Excessive Appetites and described issues of power and powerlessness in addiction giving a closing rally call for New Directions.

Please feel free to add any comments below, as we seek to build on the useful conversations of last week.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Directions Conference 2015

Addicted to Recovery?
New Paradigms or Recycled Discourses…

39th Annual NDSAG Conference
Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd May 2015, London, UK

The conference will run over the course of 2 days and will feature several distinct symposiums:

Thursday 21st May: “Brains first and then Hard Work.”
(The House At Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne. 1928).
This day starts with the concept of ‘brain science’ and its relationship to alcohol,
and then will contrast this with a critical exploration of ‘recovery issues’ for drinkers.

Friday 22nd May: Proving policy or improving practice?
This day develops on the first day’s themes by exploring alcohol policy perspectives and the treatment agenda, followed by an exploration of gambling and alcohol, and then further perspectives from the field.

To conclude, the conference will re-visit addiction for a final plenary to consider what have
we learned and where next?

CONFIRMED CONTRIBUTORS – Plus others to be confirmed at a later date:
Prof. Keith Humphreys (Stanford University, USA)
Prof. Jim Orford (University of Birmingham)
Prof. Marc Lewis (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Prof. Anne Lingford Hughes (Imperial College, London)
Prof. Colin Drummond (National Addiction Centre, Kings College London)
Prof. David Best (Sheffield Hallam University and Monash University, Australia)
Clive Henn (Alcohol Policy Team, Public Health England)
Pip Mason (Pip Mason Consultancy, Birmingham)
Alistair Sinclair (UK Recovery Federation)
Tim Leighton (Action on Addiction, UK)
Dr Niamh Fitzgerald (University of Stirling, Scotland)

contact Andy Perkins/Jenni Turnbull (Conference Administrators) by e-mailing enquiries@f8c.co.uk

Our 39th Annual Conference featured two distinct one day symposiums covering current research and practice in the field of alcohol interventions.

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.

Unpicking the issues that surround “Recovery” leading experts will address:
•        Brain science – over hyped or our only hope?
•        Gambling – stacking the odds against getting treatment?
•        New addictions – do we need a campaign for real addiction?
•        Cuts and more cuts – the impact on research and treatment.
•        More New Directions – emerging innovations and opportunities in the alcohol field.

•Conference programme (times & titles) PDF

New Directions conferences always encourage networking, professional and social. 
This year we had two social events.
Wednesday 20th May:Local welcome. Conference attendees will be invited to join us at a local restaurant.
Thursday 21st May:NDSAG reception dinner at a local restaurant.