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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.

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German Congress on Addiction 2017

This year`s Congress on Addiction will take place from September 18 - September 20, 2017 in Luebeck.

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Luebeck Memorandum on the future of patient care for addicts

The current memorandum is the result of an intensive exchange of experts. The following recommendations are the results of a future workshop which took place in Luebeck, January 2016, headed by the DG-Sucht and the Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy of the University of Luebeck, and sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health. This memorandum reflects the crucial impulses of the future workshop. These include the important elaborated topics, visions for an improvement of the addiction treatment system as well as recommendations for a reorganisation. The memorandum does not contain any concrete solution approaches. These should be elaborated by a modified and extended group of experts.

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Memorandum "Unterstanding an Overcoming the Stigma of Addictive Disorders"

In September 2016, a retreat week took place in Greifswald together with the DG-Sucht. This retreat with the topic "Understanding and overcoming the stigma of addictive disorders", was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health. The results of this meeting, headed by Georg Schomerus, an internationally known stigma researcher from the University of Greifswald in cooperation with Annemarie Heberlein (Medical University of Hannover) and Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (University of Luebeck), were composed in terms of a memorandum. This memorandum was agreed upon by an interdisciplinary an international group of scientists, practitioners and people concerned an attempts to explain the phenomenon of stigmatisation of individuals with addictive disorders and tries to find ways how a stigma-free handling of addictive disorders could bei achieved.

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TV report on the topic Internet Addiction

TV report on Internet Addiction of the Tagesschau24.de with participation of the DG-Sucht can be found undefinedhere:

Winter school in Luebeck

From January 12th - January 14 th the first winter school of the junior research group took place in the "Alte Kesselhaus" at the University of Luebeck. The conference was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and organised by the former speakers of the junior research group, Anja Bischof and Angela Buchholz. Aim of the winter school was to support the interdisciplinary character of the DG-Sucht and the intended exchange between different professions as well as between research and practice, and to promote the networking of junior researchers. Additionally, participants were encouraged to discuss own projects unter professional assistance.

For this purpose, persons interested could apply, who were then selected by a jury of the junior research group and the Board of the DG-Sucht. Altogether, 17 junior researchers from the fields of addiction research an addiction treatment as well as 8 colleagues of the DG-Sucht attended the winter school as speakers and/or tutors. The conference included different impulse lectures: After an introduction of the President of the DG-Sucht, Prof. Rainer Thomasius, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (adjunct prof) talked about the future and orientation of addiction research and addiction therapy. Prof. Christian Meyer from the University of Greifswald spoke about multi-variant analysis methods and Dr. Gallus Bischof from the University of Luebeck dealt with the potential of qualitative research in the scope of addiction research.

Dr. Alfred Uhl from Vienna discussed the possibilities and limits of addiction research in his methodologically critical talk. Prof. Anil Batra lectured on the development and implementation of the S3-guidelines and quality standards. All participants of the winter school had the chance to give a lecture on their own project and to receive feedback on challenges concerning implementation, and answser questions in the discussion. Following the main focus was on working on own projects in thematically-oriented groups, to which two experts were assigned as tutors. In the groups, an intensive discussion on the projects of the participants and their solutions for potential impelmentation difficulties took place, and referring suggestions were given. Altogether the winter school was held in an inspiring and pleasant atmosphere, allowing for a levely discussion an the possibility of networking within an intimate scope. The occasion to intensively discuss own issues and difficulties with the support of experts in the field of addiction research and addiction treatment and thus get feedback from outside of own workgroups was received favourably by the participants. In addiction, the conference promoted the networking of junior researchers beyond the limits of own research focus areas. We would like to thank the lectures and tutors for their support and the BMG for the sponsoring of this project and we hope, that the winter school can be established as an own institution within the DG-Sucht!

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

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.

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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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