Target audience:


Universities/Schools/Companies & other communities…


Objectives:

To increase awareness and provide solution alternatives about addictions coming not only from substances (drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, nicotine, etc.) but also from lifestyle (food, electronics, gaming, sex/pornography, sports, etc.

Languages:
English, Italian & Arabic


Activities suggested include:

Activities could be personalized according to the need!After several experiences in American universities study abroad program, international/public schools in Italy and abroad (kindly refer to this link: http://www.sanafirenze.com/en/news/), the continuous rise in interest in addiction field was recognized. Addictions coming not only from substances (drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc.) but also from lifestyle (food, electronics, gaming/gambling, sex, sport, etc.), offering though a link to the traditions and styles of the Tuscan way of life.

The most effective and feasible project for universities so far was by making this activity part of the guest lectures, lecture’s series, or any other event the school considers relevant. Starting with a short theoretical part watching a documentary made by gathering experts in the field from all over the world leaving more time then for Q&As. The documentary explains causes and origin of addiction, how it develops, and similarities between substance & lifestyle addictions.

High students’ involvement was noticed when given the possibility to send their questions from the beginning till the end through anonymous-based website, papers, texting, etc. Instantaneous messaging and answering have developed an interactive ambient where they ended up to be the real event protagonists!


Topics addressed were so many, to mention a few:

Similarities and differences between addiction to substances (drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc.) and lifestyle, such as food, electronics, gaming, pornography/sex, etc.


Practical behavior to transform fast-food into slow-food?
Secrets behind good Tuscan living and keeping in good health and shape?
How could food be possibly a drug?
How behavior towards food could be possibly an addiction?
Is there such thing as an emotional addiction and how does it work?
In relation to the Italian culture linked to food, would you provide some notions about practical behavior that one can follow once he/she gets home?
Inappropriate vs appropriate alcohol drinking?
How can we overcome abstinence?
Are there different types of addiction, such as physical, psychological, etc?
What are the consequences of videogame addiction?
Are there people who make a lot of money winning at videogames and for this reason dedicating their lives to videogames?
Can micro-transactions create addiction to gambling?
Is compulsive shopping an addiction? What is the difference between shopping as a ‘hobby’ and addiction to shopping?
What are musical and digital drugs?
How does porno-addiction work?
Family members smoke and disturb the others, how can we make them stop?
Can sport become an addiction?
Is the repeating of the same word an addiction? Language addiction? How can it be overcome?
Is self-inflicted injury an addiction?
Can competition become an addiction?
What cures are there for overcoming an addiction?
Are there any soft drugs? Should they be legalized?
Is marijuana a soft drug? Is it true that it is modified in the laboratory?
Would legalizing drugs lead to a reduction in their consumption due to the appeal of violating the rules?
Will the offences committed before legalization be repressed?
Will legalizing soft drugs help empty prisons and reduce dirty money?
Which is the most commonly used drug?
At the same dose and purity, which is the most dangerous drug?
What does this forum teach? And how could it help prevent addiction?