If anyone’s come a long way in life, it’s David Charkham. He started his career as an actor and played in numerous film and theatre productions until addiction changed his life.
Today, using his experience with substance misuse, David is a successful recovery coach, motivational speaker, and therapist, as well as the creator of the Recovery Skills programme.
Also known as the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Recovery Coach” for his fun and approachable personality, David has had his fair share of high-profile clients including Ozzy Osborne, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, and Simon Woodroffe (founder of YO! Sushi).
At his private practice, David works primarily with people in the entertainment and business industries. However, he also regularly consults for rehab centres all around the world.
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As someone that’s “been there, done that”, David is a non-judgemental persona as he understands addiction like no one else. His main focus is supporting patients during aftercare to assure that their recovery is successful.
David is a strong believer of the 12-step programme as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
After attending drama school, David went on to act in many well-known productions – both on film and on stage. Among others, he has starred in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Crossroads, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, and most recently, The Imitation Game.
Since his career hit a pause due to his struggle with addiction, David chose to follow a different path and took to helping other people dealing with substance misuse.
In 1989, he developed his legendary Recovery Skills programme and in the same year, he joined the NHS as a Recovery Skills Specialist, where he has worked for over 20 years. Later, he became the UK ambassador for Asia’s top rehab clinic – The Cabin.
Today, he runs a private practice while also consulting at Castle Craig Hospital in their aftercare programme. In addition, he is a co-patron of The Outside Edge Theatre Company (OETC) which promotes artistic works about substance misuse and supports people in recovery.
David attended the Norfolk House in London to study drama and theatre arts as well as the St. Christopher’s School in Latchworth for drama and music.
As a motivational speaker, David regularly holds workshops at various rehab centres and speaks at addiction-related conferences. He recently held a recovery skills workshop at the UK and European Symposium on Addictive Disorders, and presented twice at the iCAAD London. Most notably, he was a guest speaker and lecturer at the University of Bath’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Issues.