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Talking About Addictions: An Awareness Week on Addictive Behaviors, Sensitization, Prevention and Treatment Options

When: Monday, March 21 – Thursday, March 24

Where: Deree – The American College of Greece

Organized by the ACG Health & Wellness Center, Office of Student Affairs, in cooperation with the ACG Counseling Center and the Institute of Public Health.

Supported by the Center of Excellence for Sustainability, the Deree Biology Club, the Psychology Society, and the Deree Student Activities Board.


LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

Monday, March 21

11:00-13:00 | JSB Library Upper Level

Welcome
Christina Drakonakis, MA/MPH, Associate Dean of Students

Opening Remarks
Claudia Carydis Benopoulou, Vice President, Public Affairs

Faces of Addictions: Representations and Challenges from Treatment to Public Health
Moderator: Nikolaos Takis, PhD

Drug Use Trajectories: Experimentation, Abuse, Harms, and Responses
A journey into the prevalence and the factors associated with drug use with a focus on Greece.
Anastasios Fotiou, PhD; Head of Epidemiology Unit, Greek REITOX Focal
Point of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs & Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), University Mental Health Research Institute

Tobacco Addiction and Society
Constantine Vardavas, MD, RN, MPH, PhD, FCCP, Associate Director, Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece

A New Era Ahead with Alcohol and Drugs: Reconsidering Our Desires and Redefining Our Problems
Margaret Ann Fetting, PhD, LCSW, Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Southern California; Lecturer, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies

The Evolution of Internet Addiction
Mari Janikian, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Program Coordinator – MA in Applied Educational Psychology, Deree – The American College of Greece

Group Psychotherapy in the Service of Addictions’ Treatment: From the Utopia of Substance Abuse to the Discovery of the Other
Nikolaos Takis, PhD, Professor  of Psychology, Deree – The American College of Greece; Director of the ACG Counseling Center; Individual & Group Psychotherapist

14:00-15:00 | Main Corridor

Poster Display and Presentations

15:00-16:00 | Student Lounge

Addictions: A Love Story and How to Break Up
An informative and preventive event on the nature of addictive behaviors through role plays and interactive discussions
Graduate Students, ACG Counseling Center
Nikolaos Takis, PhD, Professor  of Psychology, Deree – The American College of Greece, Director of the ACG Counseling Center, Individual & Group Psychotherapist

Tuesday, March 22

Addictions: Internet, Legal and Illegal Substances
Workshops by KETHEA, Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals, on predisposing factors, how to recognize when a habit becomes an addiction, stages of addiction and how to motivate someone to seek help.

Preregistration at the Office of Student Affairs. Please choose one session.

11:00-12:15 | Student Workshop A – JSB Library, Upper Level
11:00-12:15 | Student Workshop B – Student Lounge
12:30-13:30 | Student Workshop C – Student Lounge
12:30-13:30 | Faculty and Staff Workshop JSB Library, Upper Level

Christina Gogou, Systemic Therapist, Member of the ‘Pegasus’ Community Intervention Unit
Eleftheria Alabanou, MSc, Sociologist, Head of the ‘Pegasus’ Community Intervention Unit
*The sessions will be delivered in Greek.

Wednesday, March 23

15:00-16:00 | Student Lounge

Debate: This House would Ban the Research and Production of Moral Enhancement Drugs
Research is currently being carried out to create ‘moral enhancement drugs’, which would alter the levels of chemicals that naturally occur in the brain. Such chemicals have been shown to increase individuals’ tendencies to display empathy, care for others, behave in altruistic ways and resist pressures to act in ways that violate their personal ethical beliefs, such as consuming drugs and alcohol, gambling and internet addictions.
Deree Debate Club
Moderator: Matilda Chatzipanagiotou, LL.M., Director, Office of Student Affairs; Part-time Faculty, School of Business

Thursday, March 24

12:15- 14:30 | JSB Library, Upper Level

Leadership in Public Health: Tobacco as a Case Study
Participants will become ‘Ministers of Health’ or ‘Members of Parliament’ respectively, and will be given Upper Level the opportunity to discuss, negotiate and provide a feasible solution to the issue of tobacco use in Greece.
Dr Constantine Vardavas MD, RN, MPH, PhD, FCCP, Associate Director, Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece


SIMULATIONS & HEALTH CHECKS

March 21 – 24

Activity Hours | Main Corridor

Alcohol Impairment Simulation
Put on the ‘Fatal Vision Goggles’ and try to complete simple tasks such as walking in a straight line to see how alcohol can impair your vision and balance.
Theodora Beliati, RN, Deree Nurse, ACG Health & Wellness Center
Deree Student Activities Board

Living Tobacco Free
Check out the Skeletal Smoker, Smokey Sue and her baby. Guess which cigarettes have the most tar. Pick up tips on how to quit.
Sophie Themelis, Wellness Coordinator, ACG Health & Wellness Center
Deree Biology Club

Tuesday, March 22 & Thursday, March24

13:00-15:00 | Main Corridor

How Healthy are Your Lungs?
Test your lungs and learn more about how to quit smoking. The George D. Behrakis Research Lab generously offers further testing for free for individuals with abnormal results.
Vasiliki Evangelopoulou MD, PhD, Pulmonologist-Intensivist, Hellenic Cancer Society, The George D. Behrakis Research Lab
Evangelos Markotzinos, Undergraduate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The George D. Behrakis Research Lab

Wednesday, March 23

14:00-16:00 | Main Corridor

How Healthy are Your Lungs?
Test your lungs and learn more about how to quit smoking. George D. Behrakis Research Lab generously offers further testing for free for individuals with abnormal results.
Vasiliki Evangelopoulou MD, PhD, Pulmonologist-Intensivist, Hellenic Cancer Society
Evangelos Markotzinos, Undergraduate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The George D. Behrakis Research Lab


ONGOING VIDEO DISPLAYS AND INTERACTIVE TOOLS

March 21 – 24

12:00-16:00 | Main Corridor

Drugs and the Brain
Use the interactive application developed by ‘Jellinek’ and learn how the brain functions and is affected by ecstasy, speed, cocaine, cannabis, heroin, alcohol, and nicotine.
ACG Health & Wellness Center

The Truth About Drugs – Real People – Real Stories
Listen to testimonies from ex addicts and explore the Foundation for a Drug Free World website.
ACG Health & Wellness Center


DISPLAYS AND INFORMATIONAL LITERATURE

March 21 – 24

12:00-16:00 | Student Lounge & Main Corridor

Photography Exhibition
KETHEA EXELIXIS: 20 Years on the Street KETHEA is the largest Greek network of addiction treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration services.
Stylianos Papardelas, photographer
Vassiliki Danaskou, MSc, Applied Psychology, Deree Graduate School

Poster Displays

Alcohol and Driving
ACG Health & Wellness Center

Borderline Personality and Substance Abuse Disorder: An Overview of the Comorbidity and the Psychotherapeutic Treatments
Elisavet Pappa, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

Food Addictions: Chocoholic and Big Mac Attacks
ACG Health & Wellness Center

Hallucinogenic Drugs in Psychotherapy
Marios Akoumianakis, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

Internet Addiction
ACG Health & Wellness Center

Marijuana as a “Gateway Drug”: A Critical Review
Periklis Alygizakis, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

Risk Factors Pertaining to Cocaine Addiction
Kassandra Alexandropoulou, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

Sniffing the Planet Away – Cocaine
Stavros Goulakos, Environmental Studies Student, Deree Student, Center of Excellence for Sustainability

Start Living, Stop Smoking: Tobacco Addiction
ACG Health & Wellness Center

The Effects of Second Hand Smoke on Nonsmokers
Dimitris Revelas, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

The Emergence of Drug Addiction: Is it Biology, Psychology or Society that Contribute?
Angeliki Greveli, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

The Use of Hallucinogens in Psychotherapy
Michail Ntikas, Psychology Student, Deree – The American College of Greece

Wine: Can Too Much of a Good Thing be Bad?
Center of Excellence for Sustainability