SSA Annual Symposium 2015

The SSA annual symposium presents important and topical research into addictions. This event takes place over two days in early November. Leading figures in addictions studies and practice present their work to an international audience of delegates from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, general practise, nursing, and social work, as well as people from specialist addictions agencies, students at all levels, service users and others connected with the field. The work of the Society is highlighted, and awards are given to delegates presenting their work as posters and to researchers who have made a significant contribution to the field in recent years. Video and audio recordings from the conference are made available here afterwards, on our website, along with slide-sets, abstracts and other information.Highlights here of the two days

Delegate abstract submission is now closed for 2015


  • Recovery
  • Take-home naloxone and the potential to prevent overdose deaths
  • Cannabis: New research
  • Recent findings from research funded by ARUK
  • Science & politics – Synergy or conflict?

Symposium Programme

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Society Lecture Speaker


Name:Thomas McLellan

Title of lecture:
Integrating treatment for substance use disorders into mainstream medicine: Who benefits?

Speakers & Posters

Lucy Rocca The barriers that prevented me from addressing my alcohol dependency for twenty years - And how seeks to address these
Laura Willoughby Club Soda - Behaviour change and social action
Duncan Raistrick Measuring recovery
Rebecca McDonald How strong is the evidence for benefit from take-home naloxone?: Findings from application of the Bradford Hill criteria
Andrew McAuley National co-ordination and provision of take-home naloxone: Scotland first
Jo Neale Experiences of naloxone resuscitation – Qualitative exploration
Thomas Clausen New trial of naloxone nasal spray in Norway
John Strang Pre-provision of emergency naloxone: Major achievements but substantial challenges remain
Thomas McLellan Society Lecture 2015: Integrating treatment for substance use disorders into mainstream medicine: Who benefits?
Hannah Rose PhD Studentship: Adolescent alcohol beverage preferences and related harms: A latent class analysis
Helen Crosby PhD Studentship: Rating therapist competence
Niamh Fingleton PhD Studentship: Barriers and enablers to seeking treatment for non-prescription medicine dependence
Felix Naughton Academic Fellowship: Q Sense: A context aware smartphone sensing app for smoking cessation
Harry Sumnall The alcohol harm paradox
Amanda Atkinson The role of social networking sites in young people’s drinking cultures
Jonathan Chick Alcohol pricing and heavy drinkers in Scotland
Val Curran Cannabis: Pleasure, medicine and mental health
Paul Morrison Cannabis and mental health
Colin Drummond Minimum unit pricing for alcohol
Judith Harwin The Family Drug and Alcohol Court
Ann McNeill Plain packaging of cigarette packs to reduce consumption
Deborah Arnott The e-cigarette: Opportunity or threat?
Annette Dale Perera The drive to time-limit OST – Is it austerity or ideology? Is it good science and good practice?
Sheila Bird Naloxone on prison-release saves lives in Scotland, but why not elsewhere?
Stephen Parkin Recovery from drug dependence in West Yorkshire: Reclaiming traditional place-based identities and the implications for maximising recovery
Sarah Elison Findings from mixed-methods feasibility and effectiveness evaluations of the 'Breaking Free Online'
Laura Aslan An evaluation of the mutual aid facilitation sessions pilot programme, 'You do the MAFS'
Stephanie Dugdale Using the Transtheoretical Model to conceptualise peer mentors’ recovery from substance use
Briony Enser Alcohol-Related Collateral Harm: The unseen dimension? Young adults’ experience in their family & social circle
Polly Radcliffe Gaps and contradictions in the policy and practice response to addressing Intimate Partner Violence perpetration by men in substance misuse
Gregory Lydall A co-ordinated approach to illicit prescription drug misuse
Penny Buykx An evidence-based model for estimating requirements for specialist alcohol treatment capacity in England: An overview
Hannah Farrimond #RU2Drunk? Using breathalyzers on entry to bars and clubs to reduce preloading and alcohol-related v
Martyn Harling The factors involved in shaping the attitudes of health and social care students toward illicit drug use: A mixed method study
Tom Parkman The characteristics and needs of people who repeatedly present to hospital emergency departments
Dennis Gorman Conflict of interest in prevention research
Luca Polledri Treatment completion and complications in 80 patients receiving an outpatient medically assisted GHB/GBL detoxification
Christine Goodair Novel psychoactive substances - educating the educators and teaching of undergraduate healthcare professionals
Daniel Mogford Use of novel psychoactive substances by inpatients on general adult psychiatric wards: A retrospective case note review
James Reynolds The behavioural patterns of cannabis consumption in light and heavy users
James Smith-Spark Executive functions as a mediator of prospective memory performance after a moderate dose of alcohol
Sarah Galvani Sight loss and substance use: Service users' perspectives

Audit & service innovation

Jodi Goss Blood Borne Viruses-An Initiative between Primary Care, Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust And Mersey Care NHS Trust
Margaret Campbell Evaluation of an eight week group treatment programme provided to individuals dependent on cannabis
Karon Brown Launching naloxone
Madeline Jones Peoples After Care Service (PACS) - From alcohol detoxification to recovery

Research project

Hannah Farrimond A typology of vaping: Identifying differing beliefs, motivations for use, identity and political interest amongst e-cigarette users
Martin Becker Individualised treatment of alcohol dependent patients with baclofen: A clinical observation
Daniel Mogford Medical comorbidity and projected survival in a cohort of patients admitted to a specialist addictions inpatient unit
Christos Kouimtsidis Structured preparation for alcohol detoxification. The theoretical process underlying the Abstinence Preparation Group intervention

Student-led research (undergradute/postgraduate)

Oliver Neubert A membership survey of Narcotics Anonymous in the UK
David Greenwell Audit of complexity in a community addiction caseload
Olivia Watkins Fitting a naloxone take home kit into our life to save lives
David Greenwell Testing an instrument to measure multidimensional treatment entry pressures in patients undertaking methadone maintenance treatment
James Reynolds The behavioural patterns of cannabis consumption in light and heavy users
Safia Akhtar The need for education on novel psychoactive substances (legal highs) amongst undergraduate health care professionals