UK SMART Recovery is excited to announce its inaugural conference


Venue:            Britannia Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke on Trent, ST4 4EG

Date:             Wednesday 14th September 2016

Time:            Registration from 9.00 a.m. for a 9.45 a.m. start, closing at 4.30 p.m.

Limited places available – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the early bird offer (which includes an optional free tour of Stoke City Football ground)

Meet inspiring speakers and hear first-hand from people who have used the SMART Recovery programme, including Shiv Sharma our Peer Board member. You will also hear from the National Coordinators on progress of UK SMART Recovery across England, Scotland and Wales.

Speakers include:

Professor Robin Davidson: ‘What is recovery really’?

Is recovery an adjective as in one’s recovery journey, a verb as in what a person is doing or a noun as in Recovery, a new anti-academic, renaissance movement?

Professor Marcantonio Spada: ‘You cannot crave less by desiring more’ 

Drawing on research and clinical evidence he will showcase the novel concept of desire thinking and its potential relevance in the treatment of addictive behaviours.

Dr Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery: What is self-empowerment’?

SMART describes itself as a “self-empowering approach.” Given that many forces are stronger than any individual, what are the limits of self-empowerment? How do we achieve it? How far can it go? How do we keep SMART Recovery meetings self-empowering?

Dr Joe Gerstein, founding President SMART Recovery: ‘Do you know your HOV from your CBA’?

An in-depth look at two SMART tools with our most experienced SMART meeting facilitator.

UK SMART Recovery is grateful to our speakers who generously give their time and travel at their own expense.

There will be opportunities to purchase manuals and books, t-shirts, hats and our new SMART Recovery lapel pins. Facilitators can pick up free supplies of leaflets and posters and everyone will have the chance to be involved in creating an original piece of art work.

Cost of tickets

The conference fee includes refreshments, lunch and delegate pack. Significant discounts are available for our Peer Meeting Facilitators and those in recovery. In order to support as many people as possible to attend bursaries will be available to help towards the cost of tickets and travel.

Early Bird offer

There is a 20% discount and free optional tour of Stoke City Football ground for those who book before 1 July 2016

Bookings made before 1 July 2016

Normal rate £90

Peer Meeting Facilitators and those in recovery £10

Champions and other staff from our partner organisations £70

Bookings made on or after 1 July 2016

Normal rate £108

Peer Meeting Facilitators and those in recovery £12

Champions and other staff from our partner organisations £84


Please request a booking form from Therese Davall by emailing or calling 01463 729458. Please note that no booking will be confirmed until a booking form and payment has been received.  As places are limited we would urge you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


For those needing to stay overnight there is a special conference rate at a nearby hotel for bookings through UK SMART Recovery and a post conference dinner for anyone who would like more time to connect with others.


Stoke on Trent is situated mid-way between Manchester and Birmingham, with a frequent train service from London Euston or Manchester Piccadilly. It is 10 mins by car from Junction 15 of the M6. For those using the M1 take the A50 at junction 24 and follow all the way to Britannia Stadium.

See Stoke City FC website for further details.

Places of interest

Stoke on Trent was the heart of the pottery industry for many years and visitors can enjoy the Gladstone Pottery Museum, World of Wedgewood and opportunities to purchase china from local outlet stores.

A little further afield is Alton Towers resort and theme park for those who like their leisure to be exciting, and the Peak District National Park which is an area of outstanding natural beauty with quaint villages and winding country lanes for those who prefer a slower pace.

Contact us for further information

Any queries regarding bookings, accommodation or travel should be addressed to:-

Thérèse Davall, Office Manager, UK SMART Recovery, Dresden House, The Strand, Stoke on Trent, ST3 2QH, email, tel: 01463 729548

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