Addiction 2015 Keynote – Prof David Best

Posted on January 27, 2015 by addiction

The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is pleased to announce Prof David Best as a Keynote Speaker at this important event.

The conference will address the treatment and recovery of alcohol, other drugs and behavioural addictions and is hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH).

Presentation Title: Recovery as social justice: The recovery agenda as a mechanism for social inclusion and community engagement

Recovery has become an umbrella term that covers a range of conceptual models and intervention frameworks including peer based interventions, mutual aid approaches (particularly 12-step) and therapeutic community approaches. While it has been trumpeted by policy makers as an alternative approach to medical models, it has not sat readily with either professionals nor with policy makers who have attempted to create measures and targets around it. The paper will review recovery as a policy model and will suggest that it sits most readily within a social justice framework that is based on challenging stigma and actively engaging the community

David-BestProfessor David Best, Professor of Criminology, Department of Law and Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and visiting Research Fellow at Turning Point and Monash University.

David Best is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University and visiting Research Fellow at Turning Point / Monash University.

He has worked extensively in addiction and criminological research and has considerable policy experience in Scotland, England and Australia.

He is the author of around 150 peer reviewed journal papers and the author of three books on addiction recovery. His work is primarily directed at recovery and desistance from substance use and offending through creating community linkages and active participation in the lived community.

For further information please visit the conference website​.


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