Aftercare goes to UKESAD

The Kairos Aftercare team chose to attend UKESAD – the three-day UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders held in London last week – as part of their ongoing professional training for 2013.

“We all felt it was invaluable,” said Jessica Rood, Aftercare manager. “UKESAD gave us the opportunity to re-evaluate how we are working with each other, our clients and addiction in general. What struck us most was the changing attitudes, particularly in America where they are increasingly treating addiction as a family illness, and not treating the addict alone. Sadly, we couldn’t see funding for this being adopted widely in the UK in the foreseeable future.

“UKESAD confirmed for us that working with clients on relationships, co-dependency and cross addiction is the most effective treatment for long-term recovery. It also confirmed the importance of looking at treatment for addiction in the longer term – something our new Aftercare Extra pilot scheme is focusing on.”

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