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Awarding of the junior studentship for the German Congress on Addiction 2016

For this year’s Congress on Addiction in Berlin (5th – 7th September, 2016), the junior research group together with the Board of the DG-Sucht have announced four participation studentships for young researchers for the first time. The rewarded submissions and the referents can be found  here

Announcement: participation in a closed meeting from Sept. 18th – Sept. 23rd, 2016

The Federal Ministry of Health sponsors a retreat week on the topic “Understanding and overcoming the stigma of addictive disorders”.

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German Congress on Addiction Research 2016

The German Congress on Addiction 2016 takes place from September 5th – September 9th, 2016 in Berlin. For the first time it will be coordinated spatially and with regard to its contents with the “World Congress on Alcohol and Alcoholism” of ISBRA & ESBRA (International/European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism), for which approx. 1000 prestigious international alcohol researcher are expected from Sept. 2nd - Sept. 5th, 2016 at the Technical University of Berlin and which will be transitioned into the German Congress on Addiction starting Sept. 5th, 2016. Common plenary lectures and symposia will integrate outstanding international contributions of alcohol research into the German Congress on Addiction, which additionally represents the established and necessary broadness of the German-speaking addiction therapy, addiction prevention and addiction research.

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Current issues of the DG-Sucht

The German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Therapy (DG-Sucht) deals with current questions on research, identification, treatment and prevention of hazardous consumption, dependence and abuse of psychoactive substances (especially alcohol, tobacco, medications and drugs) and non-substance-related addictions. Scientist and practitioners from the special fields of medicine, psychology, social pedagogy, social work, sociology, law, theology and other professional groups are actively represented in the interdisciplinary specialist society.


Future Workshop Patient Care for Addictive Disorders

The DG-Sucht held a closed meeting from January 21st – January 22nd, 2016 in Luebeck with the subject“ Future Workshop Patient Care for patients with addictive disorders” funded by the Federal Ministry of Health.

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Memorandum Internet Addiction

The extensive use of computer games or internet applications can lead to behaviours, similar to addiction or dependence in many aspects. Actually, people with distinct addictive symptoms, search for therapeutic support. Furthermore, a variety of different studies suggests, that a relevant part of the population displays a disorder in terms of internet addiction. Despite the increasing research activities in this field, numerous knowledge deficits still exist. Additionally it is essential, that research, health care and politics react to this new disorder.

The DG-Sucht has drafted a memorandum on internet addiction together with 21 experts, which gives a brief overview on the actual state of knowledge and additionally on goals concerning a) health care and treatment of the disorder, b) tasks on future research, and c) tasks of politics.

The memorandum on internet addiction can be found here: undefinedpdf

Statement to the legalisation debate of the non-medical cannabis use

In the past a vigorous discussion on the legalisation of cannabis was led. The opinion picture on this subject of national and international experts is markedly heterogeneous. The DG-Sucht has attended to this subject and has implemented an expert meeting in Goettingen on May 13th, 2015 headed by Eva Hoch, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke and Rainer Thomasius. This meeting was characterised by short presentations and a vigorous and controversial discussion. The Board of the DG-Sucht would like to take the opportunity and cordially thank all participants again! The result of this discussion was discussed in the board and further intensively continued in small working groups. The resulting “Statement for the Legalisation Debate of non-medical Cannabis use” can be found here undefinedhere

Scientific dialogue from April 22nd – April 24th, 2015 in Hamburg

The 15th Scientific Dialogue of the DG-Sucht took place from Aprli 22nd – April 24th, 2015 in Hamburg with the subject „Web-based interventions in the treatment of addictive disorders and its prevention.“

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Letter to the members 2015

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New Evidence-based S3 Guidelines for Alcohol and Tobacco Dependence

The S3 guidelines „Screening, diagnose and treatment of alcohol-associated disorders (076-001) and „Screening, diagnose and treatment of harmful and dependent tobacco use” (076-006) are published and were presented to the press in Berlin. They emerged from a four year lasting developmental process within the scope of the Consortium of Scientific Medical Expert Societies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wissenschaftlich Medizinischer Fachgesellschaften (AWMF)) under the leadership of the German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Therapy (DG-Sucht) and the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic and Neurology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN)). More than 50 expert societies, professional associations, health organisations, self-help organisations and organisations for relatives as well as over 60 renowned experts in the addiction field were included in the developmental process.

The guidelines and all corresponding documents can be found here undefinedhere

Appeal letter of the WAT complaint aid fund

Appeal for the outline of the WAT complaint aid fund

• Tobacco cessation has to become a refundable service!

• Since politics fails, this must be legally enforced.

Dear colleagues,
Tobacco smoke indisputably represents the most important single risk factor for numerous severe somatic diseases and mental disorders by far. Consequent smoking cessation can positively influence the onset and the course of these diseases (e. g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary cardiac disease) as no other measure.

Since the majority of smokers develops a distinct mental dependence and approx. each second individual regular smoker develops a clinical tobacco dependence (= addictive disorder!), only a minority achieves an autonomous withdrawal from tobacco use.

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Newsletter Journal SUCHT

Pre-information on the content of the next journal SUCHT

In order to be updated which issues will be published in the next SUCHT you will now have the possibility to be informed on the content of the new journal per newsletter shortly prior to its publication. Brief summaries on some of the articles give you a short overview on the actual edition.

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