2014 Conference

Towards Recovery Conference – 2014
Building a recovery community… another year on

The second Towards Recovery national conference was held at the Henley Recovery Cafe on Sat 11 October 2014. We had a sold out event, with a diverse range of delegates representing a variety of UK based and International recovery and addiction services. Many of our delegates are also in recovery and we were delighted that they chose to share their inspiring recovery stories throughout the programme.

We were delighted to be joined by our special guest Duran Durans John Taylor who delighted delegates by sharing his story of addiction, time in rehab and his life in recovery. Delegates were encouraged and inspired by his time with us and appreciated his support clear support and commitment to recovery initiatives like ours.

We were pleased to give away 3 of our recommended reads below as prizes to three surprised winners.

The conference was free to attend, and whilst we are not asking for any donations to us personally, we signpost our supporters to our speakers charitable initiatives & books for sale.

Speakers included:
Huseyin Djemil, Founder Towards Recovery & Director Green Apple Consulting Ltd
Neil McKeganey, Centre for Drug Misuse Research
Anne-Marie Cockburn, Author ‘5,742 Days, A Mothers Journey Through Loss’
Ann Jansen-East, Victim, Volunteer and RJ Co-ordinator, RBWM Youth Offending Team
Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, Founder DrugFam, Author ‘Mum Can You Lend Me £20
Steve Crawley & Virginia Naden, Smart Recovery UK
Wendy Dawson, CEO The Ley Community
Treflyn Lloyd-Roberts, ISAAC
Andy Partington, Yeldall Manor

Special guest: John Taylor, Duran Duran, Author ‘In the Pleasure Groove

Available post-event resources:
Speaker profiles, websites and videos
Photos available on our Flickr page and Facebook page
Videos of all of the sessions on our Youtube page.
Conference programme
Registered delegate list (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
Smart Recovery UK presentation
Event press release – please use and share within your publications

Recommended reads:
Article by Neil McKeganey ‘The true toll of the so-called drugs war’
Addiction Today Interview with John Taylor ‘My recovery journey’
Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, ‘Mum Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid’
Anne-Marie Cockburn, ‘5,742 Days, A Mothers Journey Through Loss’
William L White, ‘Slaying the Dragon – The History of Addiction Treatment & Recovery in America
John Taylor, ‘In the Pleasure Groove, Love, Death & Duran Duran

Videos available
Complete playlist: 16 videos

Video index

Pt1: Past Present & Future – Huseyin Introduces the Towards Recovery Conference 2014
Pt2: What is recovery? Huseyin talks about the conference theme.
Pt3: Legal Highs, Neil McKeganey, Centre for Drug Misuse Research
Pt4: Drugs & Hypercommunication, Huseyin Djemil
Pt5: Anne-Marie Cockburn, Author ‘5,742 Days, A Mothers Journey Through Loss’
Pt6: Henley Recovery Cafe open on Christmas Day, Huseyin Djemil
Pt7: Ann Jenson-East – A Mothers Story
Pt8: Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, DrugFam & Author ‘Mum can you lend me twenty quid’
Pt9: Steve Crawley & Virginia Naden, Smart Recovery UK
Pt10: Wendy Dawson, CEO, The Ley Community
Pt11: Simon Hockley & Andy Partington, Yeldall Manor
Pt12: Andy Partington & Treflyn Lloyd Roberts, Novo project Bolivia
Pt13: John Taylor from Duran Duran talks about his life in recovery from addiction
Pt14: John Taylor surprises the audience with a book prize giving
Pt15: Ask the panel – questions from the floor to our speakers
Pt16: Our ambition to spread recovery stories, Huseyin Djemil

“Brilliant speakers which I believe bought a varied approach to addiction and recovery. I’ve been to many paid conferences that were no way near as engaging and informative as I experienced on Saturday. Nice friendly atmosphere, pleasure to attend and ‘Beautiful Food!!!!’ thank for the invite!”

“A big Thank You Towards Recovery for an amazing day.It has given me the kick I needed to start my recovery and  address my habits which have been limiting my life for too long”

“Thank you so much for today’s Conference.  I have been sober for 30 years and  retired from active service within the recovery field for a while now.  It was so good to be back in a recovery  atmosphere… Naturally, my belief is in abstinent recovery, using a 12 Step programme and it was interesting to gain an insight into some of the other abstinence programmes about which I had heard, but not had a chance to visit.”