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Seminar #1: Substances of Addiction

The comprehensive Seminar, based on the book Say No to Substances of Addiction, is especially designed for young people and young adults – the most susceptible demographic to substance abuse. Each seminar is split into the following parts:

PART ONE: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
A global problem of immense magnitude
Factors that can lead to substance abuse
Counterattack strategies against a deadly foe

PART TWO: TERMINOLOGIES DEFINED
Explanation of terminologies such as , addiction, gateway drugs, detoxification etc.

PART THREE : A close look at some of the substances of addiction..
Nicotine: The addiction that comes in a smoke…
Cannabis: The most commonly abused substance worldwide
NPS: New Psychoactive Substances
Hallucinogens: Drugs that lead users to see feel or sense things that are not there!
Inhalants: Vapours that affect the mind
Heroin: Injections that bring misery instead of cure
Cocaine: First the “high” then the awful “crash”!
Alcohol: The socially accepted killer
Prescription drugs: Meant for our good but subject to abuse.

PART FOUR : TREATMENT OF ADDICTION
General principles of addiction therapy–
weapons in the fight against alcohol, heroin and nicotine addiction.

PART FIVE : SOME REAL LIFE STORIES (from my work as a Prison doctor)
• The near-death encounter of a young addict.
• The one-legged prisoner
• The middle-aged man forced to drink disinfectants.
• The doctor who went on a rampage
• A success story that ended in a prison sentence.

A percentage of fees go to the Poverty Alleviation Action Trust.

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