September 2010 spectra 82 - Challenge of Addiction

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Moving towards a future oriented policy on addiction

«The Challenge of Addiction». An addiction policy that focuses exclusively on dependence on tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs does not go far enough for present-day needs – and it misses the most urgent problems. To address both the current and the future realities of addiction, a broader understanding of addiction policy is required, i.e. one that employs a public-health approach. The report on the «The Challenge of Addiction» outlines the basics of such an approach. more


«The Challenge of Addiction»: a productive learning process

Forum François van der Linde. The task was an ambitious one: to draw up a policy framework that would include not only addictive substances but also potentially addictive forms of behaviour (gambling, for instance). The way it was addressed was also ambitious: the three federal commissions set up to address the area of addiction (alcohol, tobacco, drugs) were to take on the task together. Truly ambitious was then the notion of implementing the prin­ciples formulated at the end of the report. The first step has been taken: the report and the principles are now available. more


At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. In discussions of policies on addiction, Switzerland is often praised as a pioneer. However, Swiss policy on addiction is facing new questions and challenges that are not only a result of changing social realities (the 24/7 society, the speed of change in society and the unlimited availability of substances) or of new problems on the practical front (e.g. overlapping of drug and alcohol scenes, polydrug use). Rather, practical experience and scientific findings are nurturing the realisation that appropriate responses to the diverse range of problems associated with addiction can be drawn up more successfully if an integrated approach is used. more


Five Migrant Friendly Hospitals in Switzerland

Migration and Health. As part of the «Migrant Friendly Hospitals» project, five centres of excellence for migrant friendly medical care are to be developed in Switzerland. more


Internet pornography: a catalyst of sex addiction

Behavioural addictions. Online sex addiction is regarded as the m ost common form of Internet overuse. Its consequences for users, their partners and families, young people and society as a whole are hard to estimate. It poses new challenges in many specialist areas. The Fachverband Sucht, an association of addiction experts and organisations, hosted an interdisciplinary conference to discuss the topic on 16 June 2010 in Zurich. more