Addiction prevention is given a high profile at the heinrich-thein vocational school. Because of this gross commitment and because the currently running touring exhibition “einfach menschlich is so special, the bavarian health minister melanie huml (CSU) took over the patronage and thus the official opening on thursday morning.
District administrator wilhelm schneider (CSU) toured the "exhibition" before the official date, the exhibition is more of an adventure trail – and was deeply impressed "because you inevitably think about it and find yourself or people you know and their behavior again", he explained.
Addiction begins in everyday life
Principal heidrun gortler noted that addiction usually begins in everyday situations. The list of addictive behaviors is long, the exhibit shows. But it also shows where the foundations are laid. For gortler, it is part of the educational mission and quality understanding of the vocational school to give students the opportunity to deal with these issues.
Minister huml was impressed by the special approach of the exhibition, which is not only aimed at young people, but at people of all ages, because the subject of addiction is independent of age. "However, in adolescence, there are a particularly large number of changes that promote addictive behavior", she explained. It’s not about banning alcohol or social media, but "knowing when to say no – or, in other cases, knowing where to get help.
She urged the schoolchildren present to also keep an eye on their friends and to talk to them, even though this is a very sensitive subject. Huml described it as one of the most important tasks of society as a whole to make young people strong. She thanked the heinrich-thein school for its focus on this issue.
What impressed the district administrator about the exhibition was that the creeping transitions become clear, because the question of what is still enjoyment and when something becomes a problem "accompanies you through your whole life".
The AOK has been a supporter of the "addiction prevention and recovery" association for several years, who conceived the exhibition and has been on the road with it for 20 years. The project, with its special approach, was found to be worthy of the challenge, the district administrator explained, because it provides a deep insight into the relationships and forms of expression of addictive behavior, from alcohol to cell phone or work addiction.
Developed with 100 people
Freia von hennigs helped develop the exhibition and accompanies it. It was developed with a hundred people involved. This is probably the reason why the visitors are so fascinated by it. Even schoolchildren, who come to the exhibition because they have to, felt very quickly addressed.
This was also explained by schoolboy oliver fuchs, who had taken part with his class before the opening: "a teacher could never do it like this, he explained and thanked on behalf of his fellow students that "something like this is possible here at the school. This effect always occurs, hennigs explained: "addiction has a lot to do with life control . And we all have our crises." Crises can make you grow or fail. "Addiction is a possible result of life. A kind of sickness of life. But by no means the individual failure of a weak person", warned them against prejudice.
It is important to show that a self-determined life makes it possible to leave this path again. The spiral of addiction in the exhibition shows how one loses autonomy, but still has choices, even if it becomes more difficult to recognize them.