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Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program was held for Country Green Crescents!

The International Federation of Green Crescent hosted an online training session regarding the Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program for Country Green Crescents from July 24-26. Expert volunteers from 19 countries, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Palestine, Gambia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Greece and Zimbabwe, participated in the training program. By the end of the program, 50 participants earned certification as Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Training Program practitioners.

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Vulnerable groups in addiction refer to groups that tackle addiction more or are at high risk of addiction due to certain risk factors. Addiction is becoming an increasingly widespread social problem in the world and in Türkiye. Vulnerable groups in addiction problems refer to social groups that are at high risk or disadvantaged and require special attention and support.   These groups may be more prone to addiction due to social, economic or psychological factors and may face difficulties in accessing treatment and support services. Providing accessible, culturally appropriate support services for vulnerable groups is an effective approach to prevent addiction.

As the International Federation of Green Crescent (IFGC), we are aware of the importance of vulnerable groups in addiction and for this purpose, we implement various measures and projects together with the Country Green Crescents that are member of IFGC. Our primary goal in addiction prevention is to create effective support systems by organizing awareness-raising activities for vulnerable groups such as young people, low-income individuals, traumatized people, those in social isolation and similar vulnerable groups. In cooperation with Member Country Green Crescents, we organize various training programs, seminars and campaigns to understand the specific needs of these vulnerable groups and reach them more effectively.

At the same time, we develop joint projects to raise awareness in the wider society on addiction prevention and share good practices at the international level. Our efforts to support vulnerable groups regarding preventing addiction aim to raise awareness not only for individuals but also for communities in solidarity. In this direction, we support vulnerable groups to become stronger in addiction prevention by developing our cooperation on international platforms and raising awareness about vulnerable groups. 

Who are Vulnerable Groups in Addiction?

These groups are generally considered as vulnerable groups that require special attention in addiction prevention as they have significant risk factors in society. Therefore, addiction prevention policies and programs should take into account the specific needs of these groups and aim to provide them with appropriate support.

1. Young people: Young people may be more vulnerable to addiction during adolescence when brain development is ongoing. Adolescence can increase susceptibility to risk-taking behaviors and create a foundation for the development of addiction. During this period, young people may also be exposed to factors such as inequality, family problems, academic pressure or peer pressure. Stress, pressure or trauma at a young age can make young people more vulnerable to addiction.

2. Socio-economically disadvantaged individuals: Individuals exposed to socio-economic factors such as poverty, unemployment, homelessness or social exclusion may be at risk of addiction. Economic hardship, stress, trauma and difficult living conditions can increase susceptibility to addiction. In addition, lower income levels can mean more limited access to resources regarding addiction prevention. This is seen as a significant barrier to addiction prevention.

3. Individuals with mental health problems: Mental health problems can be a vulnerability in addiction prevention. Individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder or mental health problems may be prone to addictive behaviors.

4. Prison and detention center residents: Individuals who are exposed to difficult living conditions, such as in prison or detention center, may be prone to addiction problems. Factors such as the prison environment, stress, social isolation, past traumas and accessibility can promote addiction. At the same time, environments where social connections are weak or lacking, such as prisons and detention centers, can make individuals more vulnerable to addiction.

5. Migrant and refugee groups: Migrants and refugees may face challenges in adapting to a new culture and society. Factors such as adaptation problems, language barriers, discrimination, loss and trauma can increase susceptibility to addiction.

6. Trauma Survivors: Individuals who have been exposed to traumatic events can also be considered a group at risk of addiction. This can lead to a tendency towards substance use in order to cope with the emotional difficulties caused by the trauma.

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