The Integrated Step Course has been written into the local government contract for Middlesborough, England, with Recovery Connections successfully bidding for the contract.


Training for staff in how to deliver the programme took part on the 26 September 2016 with the delivery team receiving 35 hours CPD accredited training. This will then be put into practice in early October with WISC delivering a package of support that will include ongoing training and monthly supervision sessions. (Supervision will be online using modern conferencing technology). I look forward to developing this working relationship further and being able to link in with some of the great things Recovery Connections do.


An intensive week of training at Lifeline was a successful and enjoyable challenge. It was a pleasure to run an intensive week of study on the WISC Integrated Step Course and spend some detailed time on understanding the 12 Steps. There were many interesting discussions and some good and healthy objections to some of the stuff being learnt and taught. Again this is a team that I could really enjoy working with full time. Rather than me harp on about the training here are some of the comments from those folks who attended. Thanks Lifeline.

Carl D
"Thanks John for training me up so I can teach the process of learning the Steps. Ive learnt so much about myself and how i can move forward for the future".

Caroline B
"I thoroughly enjoyed the WISC training. It has give me valuable insight into the 12 Steps”

"The WISC training is totally thought provoking and an intense journey through the 12 Step programme as a practitioner working in drug and alcohol treatment services. A positive and inclusive human whirlwind”. Steve O

“I have enjoyed 2 days of this session and have more understanding of how the WISC training sessions map into the 12 Steps. It has been a pleasure to share the powerful strength within the room of recovery and see the hope and possibilities of how the programme can help those on a pathway to individual recovery. Love the evidence evident in trusting the process which incorporates so much".

"I have really enjoyed this week of WISC training with John E. Working through the 12 Steps in such detail has been very beneficial. Its been good to work and spend time with my new colleagues”. Jackie

"A very educational and well delivered training course. I have really enjoyed this week and it has built my confidence. A huge thanks to John E”. David

“It has been a godsend this week with the WISC training. My knowledge on how to facilitate this now within the group is so much better”. Kenny

“It has been such an eye opening training. The facilitation was awesome especially the establishment of the scientific premises & foundation of the 12 Step programme. Additionally it has sparked an interest to study”. Jojo

Adam.John its been a pleasure. I’ve learned about myself and much about the 12 Steps. You made the weeks training flow and easy to understand. You’ve given me more understanding to take forward in my role as a therapist. Thank you”.


“Thank you so much for helping me understand a little more about “recovery” and the disease that is addiction”.

— Kelly

Early October 2015 was spent training NECA staff (originally the North East Council on Alcoholism) in the application of the Get Into Recovery programme, The programme was rolled out in October with the opening of their new rehab centre based in South Shields. This centre is excellent and very well presented and will definitely be an asset to the community and to the great work NECA do. 

The best part of the training was working with a team that are an absolute pleasure to know. I believe there is a balance of professionalism combined with a real caring attitude that will make it a winning team. I can't wait to receive feedback on how the project develops and the successes they achieve, for they surely will do a good job.


It was great to return to NECA in October 2016 to update training and see the progress they have made. Staff particlulary enjoyed the CBT and 12 Steps training.