Speakers

Ian Young – Sober Services

“Helping people attain & maintain addiction recovery through professional services”

Image 35Ian Young is a man who wears many hats but no masks, who uses his experiences to see how he can benefit others, be that through business or in a personal capacity. He’s always happy to help.

Ian has over 12 years as an Addiction Consultant, successfully touching the lives of thousands of addicted people and their families, showing them a new way to live and encouraging them to rebuild their lives without their destructive patterns or influences once and for all.

Ian is the founder of two large rehabilitation facilities still operating within the European Treatment Industry and continues to offer consultancy to many others. His most recent company Sober Services (since 2008) offers bespoke packages of treatment to individuals and their families ravaged by addiction.

But it wasn’t always like that… Early 2001, aged 29, after 13 years of chronic drug addiction, alcoholism, homelessness, unemployment and living as an Outlaw, he discovered a permanent way out of his debilitating lifestyle and through hard work and a vision, built himself a world filled with the riches and royalties life has to offer – addiction free! In fact, Ian is often heard talking about his quality of life being beyond anything he could possibly have dreamed off previously.

Ian is an outstanding and charismatic speaker, very comfortable presenting and solving problems from the stage. It is his natural skill of engaging both large and small audiences that has taught Ian to exploit his organic talent of being a positive influence over individuals, for whom any encounter is both up lifting and thought shifting. Ian’s style is dynamic, inspiring and enthusiastic.

Ian is a published author of the popular “It’s Not About Me! – Confessions of a Recovered Outlaw Addict, from Living Hell to LivingBig”. This is an easy to read page turner, telling Ian’s full story into addiction as a DJ and world traveller adventurer, through the difficulties and challenges he faced trying to clean himself up and most importantly the practical and spiritual lessons he’s learned through his many years helping others remain drug and alcohol free.

His charismatic and intelligent approach to business and projects alike brings a really exceptional edge to all those fortunate enough to work alongside him and experience his energy, humour and passion. With his background and his understanding of the psychology of the human condition, Ian makes a unique addition to the human gene pool.

Ian is a homeowner and living with his wife, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a horse in a quiet part of Northern Hertfordshire. Beware, his energy is infectious, his dedication is profound and his passion to serve his clients shines through.

Ian’s personal mission is to co-create a green and harmonious world, through laughter and love, bringing a better quality of life to all who cross his path and beyond.

Sarah Graham – Sarah Graham Solutions

Sarah Graham Profile Photo 19_01_2014 JPEGAddictions Specialist & Holistic Recovery Expert, UK Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs “Working with adults, young people and society to find solutions to the Addictions & Challenges that are holding us back.”

Sarah is a leading addictions expert running Sarah Graham Solutions, An international leader in Holistic Health & Addiction Treatments.

She assesses each client’s health and lifestyle: identifying stress, anxieties & addictions – chemical and/or behavioural- and support working through trauma and detoxing the mind and body.

Before going to rehab and getting clean in 2001, Sarah had a career in media, but after 20 years of drinking and drugging, Sarah’s “functioning addiction” nearly killed her. During 8 months of residential rehab and having to unpack her whole life whilst making radical changes to get well, Sarah really learnt what it is like to have low self-worth – to feel totally defeated and to have lost all hope. She feels very lucky to have had great treatment with terrific counsellors and has rebuilt a fantastic life, one day at a time.

Her passion for recovery is powerful and she wants everyone to have the chance to achieve their full potential. In recovery she has become an experienced counsellor, auricular acupuncturist, drugs and addictions expert. Here’s how.. After completing her Foundation in Person Centre Counselling at East Surrey College, Sarah was asked to join Priory Healthcare. They gave her the opportunity to work in groups – both client and family groups – and one-to-one at two of their best residential rehabs – in both primary and secondary treatment environments. Sarah combined working alongside world-class therapeutic teams in Surrey with her classroom study at the Priory Hospital Bristol. She was awarded the Priory Professional Addiction Therapy Diploma and moved on to the charity In-volve to help set up Respond, their joint adult service, with the NHS. She worked as a both a counsellor and nationally as In-volve’s Senior Consultant, Communications and Media.

Sarah pioneered a very successful holistic stimulant drugs service and this work led to being asked to sit on the ACPO Precursors Working Group (to prevent crystal meth taking hold). In 2009, she gave evidence on cocaine use and her holistic treatment model to MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee Investigation into the cocaine trade.

She has always enjoyed working with young people and did a year of outreach in parks before counselling teenagers in schools. Sarah Graham is now recognised as being a leading authority on substance misuse by children and young adults and is an expert commentator for Frank (UK gov drugs information service), helping Frank communicate with one of the toughest, most demanding audiences of all- teenagers.

In 2011, Sarah was apppointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [ACMD].

Sarah is seeking to constantly improve our knowledge and treatment methods and has attended training for intervention work, USA nutrition and sugar sensitivity and is one of the UK’s leading LGBTQQi therapists.

Sarah launched Sarah Graham Solutions in May 2009, to deliver counselling, complementary therapy, education and training to individuals, families, groups and corporations, constantly innovating and striving for the best outcomes for the diverse populations we work with.

Sarah undertook experiential learning of trauma work and the latest neuro-feedback brain training treatments, at The Refuge, in the USA, in 2010/2011 and is pioneering bringing these exciting tools to the UK.

Sarah Graham Solutions mission statement is to positively influence the lives of 10,000,000 people. (10 million is a fraction of the global population affected by alcohol, drugs, and other addictions). But it’s a start! Education:

Priory Healthcare: Diploma- Professional Addiction Therapy, Accredited NADA- (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Acupuncture, IICB Board Registered Interventionist, Member of Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)

Richard C. Renson

Motivating Individual Recovery from Addictions Through Personal Experience and Clinical Expertise

  • BaHons Politics and Applied Psychologyrichard
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  •  FDAP Accredited Addictions Therapist
  •  CNAPS Relapse Prevention Therapist
  •  EMDR Therapist
  •  RSA Fellow
  •  Alcohol and Drugs Policy Researcher
  •  Addictions and Psychological Consultant
  •  Systemic Addictions Interventionist
  •  Psychosocial Trainer

Professionally, Richard has vast experience working with people seeking recovery form addictions, both substance, and process driven. Enabling a change process, in both residential and outpatient settings, and witnessing many lost and hopeless individuals find a new quality of life, they richly deserve.

Working at a senior level for seven years with Priory Group’s Addiction Services, he ran the stand alone secondary treatment unit The Coach House, near Reigate, Surrey. He was also spokes person for all media requirements for the Priory Group. This entailed TV, radio, and national newspaper appearances. He spoke personally, and clinically about recovery from alcoholism, and drug dependency, influencing a change in the general perspective that addiction is a choice, rather than an illness.

Richard’s life before recovery was based around the leisure industry. From a Catering Management Diploma, through years of management of small to medium sized businesses, Richard worked in the south of England, and Switzerland.

When, at the age of 39, his life finally crashed to a financial, emotional, and physical rock bottom, he accepted the reality of being an alcoholic, and addict. The time spent in treatment and early recovery engendered a desire to be productive in a new, positive manner. He retrained, over the course of five years, and became a therapist. Richard gained his accreditation to FDAP, in 2001.

Since then he has worked in the voluntary and third sector, in Brighton, and London. He has project managed a satellite therapy centre for Priory Group, in Upper Grosvenor Street, W1. Richard was part of the small team setting up, and running TRN, The Recovery Network. He also supported the founder of Addicts4Addicts, driving the business plan and marketing of the low cost, or free therapy service.

Working on a freelance basis for the disbanded National Treatment Agency, and two Brighton and Hove MPs, he offers insight and consultation for addiction services in Sussex.

Richard’s dissertation for his recently completed undergraduate degree for entitled:

“Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t:

The Social Construction Of The UK

‘Drug Problem’:

The impact and unintended consequences of the UK Drug Strategy.”

Richard lives near the coast in West Sussex, with his wife, 12 year old daughter, cat and puppy dog. He is passionate about sailing, and enjoys family time on beaches, and hillsides.

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