Addiction and Recovery Training Workshop

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Thanks to funding from industry partners, we are proud to offer a number of FREE places to freelance production workers to attend Music Support’s Addiction & Recovery Workshop. This engaging four-hour session (delivered on Zoom) is ideal for anyone who is interested in understanding more about addiction and recovery and feeling more confident about helping others. 

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Addiction and Recovery Workshop Information

This four-hour training workshop will give participants an introduction to the topic of addiction and recovery.

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Define what addiction and recovery is.
  • Understand factors that perpetuate the cycle of addiction and those that support recovery.
  • Feel more confident about recognising the signs and symptoms of addiction.
  • Feel more confident about starting conversations aimed at guiding an individual towards recovery.
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What to expect

Learning takes place in group context online or in person.

The session will be a mix of mini-lectures, group discussion, and case-studies facilitated by an experienced trainer and addiction counsellor.

We limit numbers to 12 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Session aims and objectives

Delegates will:

  • Explore societal attitudes and stigma associated with addiction.
  • Learn about basic neuroscience of addiction and how substances ‘hijack’ the brain.
  • Understand how different drugs work and link this to withdrawal needs.
  • Learn the difference between substance abuse, dependence, and addiction, how to intervene and various treatment options available for guiding an individual towards recovery.
  • Understand the recovery process and the core issues that an addicted individual is managing in recovery.
  • Learn about the process of relapse and the phenomenon of cross addiction and learn effective ways of supporting someone in recovery.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual and workbook to refer to whenever you need it (pdf content)
  • A certificate of attendance to say you have completed Addiction and Recovery Workshop with Music Support.
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Who is the workshop for?

Anyone working in any area of music and/or live events who is interested in understanding more about addiction, recovery and feel more confident about helping others.

This workshop is ideal for anyone who has already completed Mental Health First Aider (2-day) but is also accessible to learners who do not have that prior training or knowledge about mental health.

Workshop Dates

The workshop (delivered on Zoom) will be available from 10am – 2pm on the following dates:

18th June, 10th September and 15th October 2024.

(further dates TBA)


Music Support's Matt Thomas said of the course:

“Raising awareness about the mostly misunderstood condition of addiction and paths to recovery from it have always been high on Music Support’s agenda, so the creation and launch of this course is a massive milestone. The fact that the course was requested and is being funded by the touring industry shows that attitudes are finally beginning to change. Huge thanks to the funders in particular and to Music Support’s amazing staff for writing and delivering this potentially life-changing service.”

Thank you to The BRIT Trust, Backup Tech, TPG, We Need Crew, Hipgnosis, Massive Attack and Rock-It Global for your initial funding that enabled more than 300 music industry peers to attend the workshop.

Thank you also to Backup Tech and Stagehand for your recent funding to keep the workshop running free of charge to freelance production workers.