HEY ROMANS: Let's Talk About Addiction - Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Gambling, Internet, Marijuana, Food
Why does it seem like Addictions - alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling and the like, are such subjects folks don't want to talk about here in Italy?
I know personally from working in this field for a while that there are a lot of people suffering from addictions and behavioral disorders. I know them personally, their families, friends, loved ones. BUT why does it seem no one wants to talk about it? Addiction is not contagious. There are a lot of factors that contribute to someone becoming an "addict" but getting addicted by touching someone with an addictions isn't one of them. Let's work together to help remove the stigma of addiction. Start talking about addiction.
One program that has been developed in the U.S. and is making wonderful progress is called Drugs Over Dinner.
Together we can help open the dialogue to start talking, and start saving lives. If you, your school or place of work, or even your family and friends, would like to have a open frank talk about Drugs and other addictions, La Promessa and their team is at your service.
Check out the programme online - its pretty wonderful. http://drugsoverdinner.org/#intro
Please don't be afraid to talk about drugs or alcohol or anorexia or bulimia or other addictions - the only thing to fear is what happens IF YOU DON'T START TALKING NOW.
Even the Pope here in Rome has something to say about addiction. He is passionate and hopeful that addiction can be alleviated with love and education and greater job opportunities. To say “no” to drugs, Pope Francis pointed out, one has to say “yes” to life, love, others, education and greater job opportunities. “If we say ‘yes’ to all these things,” he said, “there will be no room for illicit drugs, for alcohol abuse, for other forms of addiction.”
Read more and listen to the Pope speak at the International Drug Enforcement Conference.