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  • 'Rethink Addiction'

    Join us as we talk all things addiction and recovery prompted by Addicted Australia and the Rethink Addiction campaign.
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    'Rethink Addiction'

    Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:02 pm

    Hello everyone :)

    Just wanted to open up a discussion about the 'Rethink Addiction' campaign.
    As most of you may know, addiction can sometimes come with a lot of stigma which ultimately can discourage people that are struggling with addiction to make that crucial step of reaching out for help.

    In order to reduce the stigma, the 'Rethink Addiction' campaign aims to change how Australia views addiction by providing education, building awareness and also to help improve treatment/support for those that are struggling.
    Many organisations have collaborated to form this movement, to help shed light on the realism of addiction and in turn help reduce the amount of fear and judgement for people seeking out support.

    Have a look at the website, where you will find additional information on the campaign, the organisations involved and the 'Addicted Australia' documentary is also available for you to watch.

    let us know your thoughts.
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    Re: 'Rethink Addiction'

    Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:17 pm

    Thanks for this [mention]Calvino01[/mention] :)

    I'm wondering if anyone has had a look at the Rethink Addiction campaign? What are your thoughts?

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    Re: 'Rethink Addiction'

    Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:11 pm

    Hi @Lyngne ,

    I'm with you, substance education in schools is super important. It's crucial that children, teenagers, and young adults are informed.

    Have you heard of the 'National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019'. This is a study of substance use in Australia, click here to find out more. If you scroll down this link, you'll find really handy graphs and charts that show substance use in Australia!

    Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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    Re: 'Rethink Addiction'

    Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:33 pm

    Some great points made in this particular thread around the harms of dependence and strategies to reach bigger populations.

    Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is of course very harmful but do you think that addiction maybe part of the human condition and something we need to stay on top of ? Becoming dependent on a substance happens to a big slice of the population and they are from all walks of life, from the university educated to street smart young adults, from esteemed professors, established cleaners to medical professionals, sports players and yoga teachers. It can affect anyone or you could be affected by someone.. support and education about harms is a great start but best of all support, empathy and understanding and unconditional positive regard for what a person can or could be... What do others think? @Lyngne made some salient points for sure around how we could best tackle some of these points :)
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