What does AST e.V.do? _______________________________
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Addiction is defined by the dictionary as a compulsive
physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming
substance, and defined by our society as a problem.
The consumption of so-called “psychotropic” substances
is part or our culture. Any substance can lead to dependency.
A large part of the population can separate risk and enjoyment,
danger and consumption, can recognize and limit harm. When
we think of addiction, we think of drug, alcohol, nicotine
and medication addictions, of craving for food or compulsive
Addiction is a serious illness. Yet in society, many addicts
are considered to be failures, not ill – and undeserving
of being treated with respect. The causes of addiction are
varied, and so are the problems of those affected.
In the daily life of addicts, there are many instances of
open or hidden discrimination: In the search for education,
work and a place to live, in the search for help in the health
sector, social services and health insurance offices.
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Some people believe marginalization can be helpful. We
Addicts have the image of failure in our society, though they
come from its heart. Dependency and addiction can affect anyone and any family.
We oppose discrimination and the neglect of treatment for those
affected. The first step to help and prevention is the liberation
from stigma and discrimination.
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We want to stimulate people
to rethink their ideas about addiction, because addiction
can affect anyone, directly or indirectly. Addiction
is not a fringe phenomenon, but a part of our society!
It is important to create a consciousness in
the media not only for prevention of addiction,
but beyond that also for the behavior in relations
AST advocates these fundamental
for everyone who needs help.
the first step in prevention and timely help.
can take manifold forms and everyone should
be able to decide the path he takes, without disadvantage and
is tied with relapse, just as most other chronic
processes and illnesses. Everyone deserves another chance,
a second chance.
is part of our society. Treatment of addiction lies in societal
and social responsibility.
and stigmatization is the most expensive way
of dealing with addiction.
endangers life through exclusion from help,
for example with emergency interventions in suicidal addicts,
by the non-treatment of lethal physical diseases
in addicts, by lack of dialogue and tabooing.
the prerequisite for autonomy; only he who knows the risk can
e.V. actively supports those affected and advocates
better access to treatment and therapy.