Recovery awards dinner 2017

26 June
World Drug Day 2017

Hosted by R+ NACOA, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics





Celebrating vocation,

ethics + excellence

Recovery Resources logo-squareThe Awards are the 'Oscars' celebrating 'stars' in the field of recovery from addictive behaviours. They recognise, celebrate and encourage the lifesaving but underrecognised vocation of dedicated workers and, in so doing, help to remove stigma.

This inaugural year is expected to attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and organisations across all aspects of recovery life, showing us countless reasons to take pride in our field.

After our prestigious judging panel has toiled over this cornucopia of excellence, our Awards evening on World Drug Day 26 June  –  where luminaries of recovery will gather for dinner in the 5* Grade-1 listed One Whitehall Place –  gives us all the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary breadth and depth of the addiction-recovery world.

The Awards are free to enter, and open to anyone who can provide evidence of an individual's or organisation's recovery endeavours. All you need do is provide your own name and contact details and those of your candidate, as well the job title and organisation where they work (if applicable) and up to 450 words describing how they go/went "above and beyond the call of duty" in one of the following categories to help people and their families into recovery.

Click here for entry guidelines.

Awards venue

Gladstone Library

One Whitehall Place

Inspirational setting for inspirational people, inspirational work

Gladstone Library - dinner 2A unique central London 5* and Grade-1 listed venue, The Gladstone Library features original, magnificent tiled pillars and fireplaces, high ceilings and glittering chandeliers that will offer a truly memorable setting for this landmark award-giving to highlight and reward the work of advocates, volunteers and professionals who help to save lives through recovery from addiction.

One Whitehall Place was built as the home of the National Liberal Club. Its founder was William Gladstone, 4 times British Prime Minister, whose name lives on in the Gladstone Library. It’s an inspiring setting for this occasion.

The Gladstone Library has been painstakingly restored to its Victorian splendour. With 30,000 books lining the shelves, it’s just as the great Prime Minister would have remembered it: original features include magnificent tiled pillars and fireplaces, high ceilings and glittering chandeliers.

Recovery Resources logo-squareThis magnificent venue, with its grand marble staircase and views over the Thames provides the perfect backdrop

Recovery Plus 2017 - venue, map, attractions

Familiarise yourself with the venue: photos.

Entry guidelines

Simple to enter

Open to all

Our awards are simple to enter, and open to anyone involved in helping others to recover from addiction:

The Awards are free to enter, and open to anyone who can provide evidence of an individual's or organisation's recovery endeavours. All you need do is email with:

  1. your own name and contact details
  2. your candidate's name, contact details and (if applicable) their job title and organisation where they work
  3. up to 450 words describing how your candidate goes/went "above and beyond the call of duty" in one of the following categories.

Click here for entry guidelines.



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The prizes

Honour + glory

£1,000 + more

All winners will receive:

... a framed certificate to hand on their wall and over £500 of advertising from DB Recovery Resources, as well as international publicity.

The Awards Committee will reveal more prizes in all categories nearer the event ~ each will personally choose an individual to support.


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A diamond ring and
at least £1,000 in advertising and
a 2-page article in Recovery Plus journal, publicising their work.

Link to prizes.

Entry guidelines.


Answers to

frequently asked questions

Recovery Resources logo-squareHow much does it cost to enter the awards?
Nothing – entry is free.

What period do these awards relate to?
As these are the inaugural Awards, our judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice up until the nomination deadline of 11 June 2017 - the Awards are not limited to a single year. Indeed, there will be Lifetime Achievement categories.

What countries do these awards relate to?
The Awards are international, and not limited to any one country or continent.

Can we enter more than one category?
You can enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

Can we nominate more than one person or organisation in a single category?
No: it must be the most outstanding person or organisation for each category.

Can we nominate a person/organisation in more than one category?
Yes, if you can demonstrate that it is appropriate.

Can I nominate someone from my organisation?
Yes, if you can demonstrate that it is appropriate. You can nominate a maximum of 3 people from your organisation (total of 3 across all categories, not for each category).

How will I know that my nomination has been received?
You will receive an email confirming your name, the nominee and the category you entered. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please contact

Who can enter?
The awards are open to anyone working involved in helping others to recover from addiction, be it from substances or behaviours (process addictions). If you are entering on behalf of an organisation, please ensure it is happy for you to do so.

When is the closing date for entries?
Midnight on 11 June 2017.

How do I enter?
Please read our Entry Guidelines.

When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?
Shortlists will be published on DB Recovery News which reaches 9,400 people daily, in Recovery Plus magazine and on our website on 17 June 2017.

How are the entries judged?
A judging panel combined of independent industry leaders as well as experts in the addiction-recovery field are meeeting to choose our winners. You can read their details here.

Can I get feedback on my entry?
As much as we’d like to offer feedback on individual submissions, because of the expected high number of entries this might not be feasible.

When are the winners announced?
Announcement of the winners will be made at the Awards Ceremony at One Whitehall Place, London SW1, on Monday 26 June 2017.

When will I be able to buy tickets to the awards ceremony?
Tickets are on sale here.

When will I receive my ticket(s)?
We know people get impatient, so confirmation tickets will be emailed within minutes of being paid for.

What happens if I have purchased a ticket but am unable to attend?
We are happy for you to offer your ticket to a colleague, but unfortunately all booked tickets are non-refundable as the organisers will have paid the Royal Horseguards for your place. In the event of a change, please email the new attendee’s details to as soon as possible.

How do I submit the attendees' details?
The booking system has been set up so that you can enter attendees' details and pay, then you will receive a confirmation email with tickets. Please enter attendees' edresses so that they can receive individual confirmations also.

Who should I contact if my question has not been answered above?
If you have queries relating to the categories, criteria, eligibility for entry, or anything relating to the content of your submission, please contact

Judging panel

The judges +

the judging process

Recovery Resources logo-squareThe awards are judged by 2 independent panels, advised by specialists in the addiction-recovery field. One panel is chosen by Nacoa, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and the other by DB Recovery Resources/Recovery Plus.

The judging is a rigorous process - although applications will be made as simple as possible - including a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries, then validated with experts in the field.

We pride ourselves on our rigorous and objective judging process where only the best of the best will be rewarded.

Click to see who is on the judging panel.



Tube, train, bus,

bicycle & boats!

Recovery Resources logo-squareRecovery Plus is only a 2-minute walk from Embankment or 8 minutes from Westminster Tube stations, 10 minutes from Charing Cross or 15 minutes from Waterloo stations. As many as 18 bus routes stop nearby.

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