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George Charlton MA

Dip Couns. Dip Ed.

“George Charlton is a Drug War Veteran with over 20 years of direct Lived Experience of addiction. His journey has seen him incarcerated within the prison system, detained under the mental health act, stigmatised, and vilified because of his drug use and having his own life saved with Naloxone. 

George trained as a counsellor in 2003 and qualified with a Diploma in person cantered practice in 2005 before going on to complete a Master of Arts in Social Sciences and Health at Durham University in 2006    

George works across the UK as an independent trainer and consultant advising statutory, third sector and charitable organisations on the importance of building needs led services which are designed for demand and place people who use drugs front and centre at the heart of everything.

George is the UK’s only independent Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) Trainer & supervisor to be endorsed by CRAFT Founder Emeritus Professor, Bob Myers from the University of New Mexico in the USA.

Over the past 10 years George has gained recognition as the leading voice across the UK who promotes and trains individuals, practitioners & companies in the global evidence-based Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach.

George received prestigious accolade of UK Skills National Training Award winner for his continued commitment over many years to working with individuals and their families who are disenfranchised by addictions and wider social issues across the UK”


I once saw a quote that read, “I always wondered why someone didn’t do something about that. Then I realised ….. I AM somebody”.

This is a hard hitting presentation about love, humanity and hope and the magic which happens when you coproduce and co create innovate and dynamic peer led projects in partnership with people who use drugs and those with lived and living experience of addiction.

This is the story of how one man, from the Northeast of England who was one day told ‘NO” went on to coproduce over 50 peer led projects across the UK in the last 3 and a half years and gave ownership of these projects to people directly impacted by addiction.

This is a story of putting people with lived and living experience of addiction front and centre at the heart of everything!

This is a story which will teach you all that, “Nice People Take Drugs” & that “Your Love Has Power” ……….And it really does!

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