CREWSUS 2012- Crew substance use symposium

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Crew News: Feb 15 2012

2012 - ‘A Stepped Care Approach to reducing harm and supporting recovery'

The challenges facing Alcohol & Drug Partnerships and their commissioning bodies in Scotland have changed dramatically with the rise of new substances and trends in use across different drug using communities, where the need for early interventions and harm reduction strategies must be balanced by recovery orientated systems.


This National Event to be held on 26th March 2012 in Perth explores how some organisations are involved in a Stepped Care Approach that balances harm reduction & recovery effectively.


Learn how successful approaches have been pioneered here in Scotland which provide an effective preventative agenda alongside treatment and recovery development.


See how this approach has been applied for issues such as the resurgence of Ecstasy to recovery support initiatives such as SMART & look at how new media have been utilised. Crew and our partners look forward to exchanging knowledge and sharing their experiences of employing appropriate & proportionate responses, wherever someone might be with their substance use.




1. New and emerging drug trendsand the challenges for service providers with Dr Adam R Winstock (MD MRCP MRCPsych FAChAM)


Adam is a consultant psychiatrist, addiction medicine specialist and researcher based in London (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and KCL). He is also Director and Founder of Global Drug Survey that launched the drug use self assessment on line and smart phone app the drugs meter (


Adam will discuss some of the clinical, policy and harm reduction challenges posed by new psychoactive drugs and present seleted Scottish findings from the latest GDS survey conducted in partnership with Mixmag and Gaurdian at the end of 2011. Adam has sat on lots of committees, written guidelines and teaching programs. He also publishes research papers and is very fond of single malts.


2. Legal Highs & Emerging Trends in Scotland 2012: ‘Back to the future' with Katy MacLeod (Training and Outreach Coordinator- Crew) and George Burton (STRADA)


3. Harm Reduction V ‘s Recovery: 'The False Dichotomy' with John Arthur (National Director- Crew)


Workshops(repeated in afternoon)


Harm Reduction: ‘When does recovery start? Early and brief interventions with substance users, outreach, drop in and other terms of engagement.


Utilising New Media: ‘Harm Reduction & Recovery online' Social media, Mobile tech to highlight/ exchange information and advice, online assessment and support (OASIS), Mobile Apps


Drug Support Services: ‘Outcomes focussed' Providing person centred drug counselling, use of outcomes focussed work, working with co-existing mental health problems, Development of couple/family counselling.


Recovery support and development: ‘Rarely a Quick fix' Waiting times support, complimentary health & wellbeing, SMART/Mutual aid and other services to aid recovery


We have various speakers yet to be announced...


Costs: there will be a small charge of £30 to participants to help with administration, catering and transport i.e. shuttle service to and from the railway and bus stations.


To book: Call 0131 220 3404 or email us