SSA Annual Symposium 2016


How do we investigate, evaluate and conceptualise addictions across the board?


'Late-breaking research': Submit a poster abstract before 3 October!
Do you have important, late-breaking research, which wasn't ready in time for the poster deadline? You have until Monday 3 October to submit it as a new category of delegate's paper.
Abstracts should describe why the new finding is important, and why it should be of interest to the SSA membership. If you have a paper which will significantly inform research, practice or policy, you have a last chance to submit it for presentation at this year's SSA Symposium.

Symposium Programme


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Society Lecture Speaker


Wayne Hall

Name: Wayne Hall

Title of lecture: The future of the international drug control treaties

Delegate place prices


Place Type Thursday Only Friday Only Both days
Early bird £125 £125 £250
Member £137.50 £137.50 £275
Non-member £155 £155 £310
Unwaged/Full time student £80 £80 £160
Late payment/On the day £350 £350 £350
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Themes, speakers & posters


Plenary Session 1

David Nutt
Addiction: From brain research to new treatments?
Tim Hickman
From quackery to orthodoxy: history and the neuroscience of addiction
Robert West
A psychological perspective on addiction

Addiction journal Session: Advancing methodology in addictions research

Susan Michie
Characterising intervention content in terms of behaviour change techniques
Emma Beard
Using Bayes Factors to test hypotheses in addiction science
Jo Neale
Iterative Categorization (IC): a systematic technique for analysing qualitative data

The future of the international drug control treaties after the legalisation of cannabis in Uruguay and some US states

Wayne Hall
The Society Lecture 2016: The future of the international drug control treaties

SSA-sponsored session 2016

Beverly Love
Relapse and recovery of substance misusing offenders: the impact of childhood, trauma, relationships & psychological health
Paul Toner
Capturing youth drinking: what's been done and what needs to be done in psychometrics
Jamie Brown
‘The Alcohol Toolkit Study’: a national study of alcohol use in England
Leonie Brose
E-cigarettes, the latest evidence from UK surveys

Addiction Biology journal Session: Are all drug addictions and behavioral addictions essentially identical pathological phenomena?

Marc Potenza
Behavioral addictions in addiction medicine: from mechanisms to practical considerations
Rainer Spanagel
Largely overlapping neuronal substrates of reactivity to drug, gambling, food and sexual cues: a comprehensive meta-analysis
Valerie Voon
Should compulsive sexual behavior be considered an addiction?

Plenary Session 2

Gemma Blok
'Just For Today': the rise of Narcotics Anonymous in the Netherlands since 1988
Erika Dyck
Turn on, tune in, step back: historical insights on the psychedelic renaissance
Iain Smith
Addiction science meets addiction history: A necessary conversation

Delegate papers 1 - 2016

John Kelly Is Alcoholics Anonymous religious, spiritual, neither? Findings from 25 years of mechanisms of behavior change research
Gisella Hanley Santos Struggles with the Devil: Identity change among street children and young offenders in rehab in Brazil
Joseph Tay Wee Teck Exploring the internet as a risk environment for anabolic androgenic steroid use
Michelle McCann Employing Public and Experts by Experience Researchers (PEERs) for a programme of researching substance misuse and ageing:anew model of working in addictions research?

Delegate papers 2 - 2016

Duncan Raistrick Measuring substance use in specialist services
Christos Kouimtsidis Alcohol misuse and people with Learning Disabilities living in the community: results of the EBI-LD
Geoff McCombe Methodological challenges conducting trials in Primary Care – lessons learned from a feasibility study of a complex intervention to enhance alcohol screening and Brief Intervention
Gail Gilchrist Feasibility of the PROTECT group intervention to improve injecting skills and reduce bloodborne virus risk behaviours among people who inject drugs

Delegate papers 3 - 2016

Briony Enser Not so responsible? The impact of others’drinking behaviours: students aged 16-24 in Southern England
Caitlin Notley
Real world experiences of using e-cigarettes to avoid smoking relapse: findings from an ongoing qualitative study
Marianne Erskine-Shaw Group influence on alcohol-induced risk-taking
Sharon Cox Understanding the world through the bottom of a glass: alcohol dependence factors; social & emotional processing

Delegate papers 4 - 2016

Bridgette Bewick
Engagement through gamification: comparing participant experiences between a serious game and an online self-help module for alcohol misuse and depression
Joanna Milward
Making electronic interventions engaging: Development of a smartphone app targeting harmful drinking in young adults
Sarah Elison Challenging the ‘hierarchy of evidence’ in digital substance misuse interventions research: Using the Medical Research Council (MRC) framework to evidence Breaking Free Online
Ryan Buchanan The use of social media within an isolated network of people who inject drugs

Delegate papers 5 - 2016

Jose Cree The invention of addiction in early modern England
Thora Hands Selling ideas of moderate drinking: Alcohol producers in late Victorian Britain
Janet Weston Treatment for heroin addiction in Dublin's Mountjoy Prison: reconsidering the impact of HIV and AIDS
Christine Goodair
The SALIS Collection unveiled: Building an alcohol, tobacco and other drugs digital archive

Symposium Posters 2016: Audit

Symposium Posters 2016: Research Project

Symposium Posters 2016: Service Evaluation