Amongst the guest speakers was Dr Neil McKeganey, Founding Director of the Centre for Drug Misuse Glasgow who shared that after more than a thousand interviews with drug addicts and a life time of academic study that he was convinced that ‘medical interventions such as the use of methadone administered under medical supervision only maintains the addition as a state managed dependency.’ He added that in this age of over-consumption people had lost the ability to say ‘NO!’ By contrast people were saying ‘yes’ to continuing their addictions this was in his experience the one thing that made the difference between continued addiction and recovery. He concluded that it was only in organisations such as THOMAS that the successful strategies were to be found as THOMAS ‘had the vital capacity to provide that supportive environment for people that made the real difference’.