Addiction & Dependency Workshop

Addiction was once something that was applied to street drugs, alcohol and smoking. Today, addiction is seen more as a pattern of dependency that extends beyond substances.

Behavioural scientists are coming to the conclusion that anything that can stimulate somebody can become addictive. Many parents with children who spend all day playing on their mobile phones or games consoles will agree with that as they attempt to limit screen time.

Gambling, shopping and even behaviours such as bullying and promiscuity are now seen as potentially addictive. So how do we protect our young people from becoming addicts?

Schools and other young people’s institutions can tackle this widespread problem with the help of a 2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop.

Defining and Understanding Addiction

Understanding the causes and mechanisms of addiction is not always straightforward. Whereas substances such as street drugs, alcohol and even caffeine have a direct effect on the body’s neurotransmitter systems, non-substance addiction operates indirectly.

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The content in a 2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop looks at the differences and similarities between various types of addiction, bringing in 21st Century concerns such as the internet, online gaming, arcade machines, dieting and even bullying.

Addiction is often defined as a state when a habit becomes a compulsion – something the addict “must do”. For example, young people who are addicted to computer games might fight with and deceive parents to far exceed healthy levels of stimulation leading to poor performance at school and even truancy.

Recognising the existence of a problem is one skill that will be covered during a  a 2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop.

Addiction Workshop Can Look Into “How Easy It Is To Become Addicted”

  • Drugs – e.g Solvents, Cannabis; Ecstasy, Cocaine, Heroin; Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Lottery
  • Computer games
  • Bullying
  • Television
  • Addiction to Dieting & Weight Loss (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Food Addiction – Dangers of Sugar
  • Shopaholic
  • Sex Addiction & Pornography
  • Body Piercing and Tattooing

The Scourge of Drug Abuse and Addiction

Schools and parents are rightly concerned about the prevalence of drug addiction among young people. There is evidence that children are becoming exposed to so-called ‘soft’ drugs such as cannabis in their early teens and that a culture of smoking the drug can lead to addiction. The use of MMDA (Ecstasy) within the dance music scene is also a concern while addiction to ‘hard’ drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and heroin is ruining young lives.

Powerful Gang Workshop That Engaged Our Young People

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-09-10T20:39:28+00:00

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

The facilitator was extremely professional and informed

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:55:41+00:00

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

The Gang Prevention & SRE Was Beyond Amazing!

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-17T07:52:39+00:00

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

Gang Workshop Was Appropriately Shocking and Informative

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-20T19:16:35+00:00

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

Knife Crime Sessions Was Absolutely Brilliant!

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-21T18:11:36+00:00

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:49:10+00:00

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

The Drugs Awareness Workshops Were Brilliant!

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-18T14:42:48+00:00

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T10:00:02+00:00

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

Absolutely fantastic! Knife & Gang Prevention Training

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-17T07:39:32+00:00

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

Please can you express my thanks

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:44:08+00:00

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

The Sessions Went Well!

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well.

The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-20T15:21:58+00:00

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well. The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

The Gang Workshop Was Brilliant!!

Thank you for the workshops.

The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future. 

S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-09-26T21:05:22+00:00

S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham

Thank you for the workshops. The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future. 
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A 2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop will raise awareness of these serious forms of substance addiction as well as looking at addiction to legal substances such as tobacco, alcohol and ‘legal highs.’

What Happens in a 2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop?

Booking a  a 2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop will support children, teenagers and young adults in making informed choices about their relationship with substances, technology and behaviours. Our experienced facilitators are skilled in creating a positive and supportive environment to enable children and teenagers to safely explore issues around addiction.

Sensitively designed role play scenarios underpin the course information, inviting participants to think more deeply about the causes and impact of all types of addiction. Open forum discussions are another proven tool for engaging with young people, putting them at the centre of the debate. By integrating what they have learned about addiction with their own experiences, these forums pave the way for constructive debate and creative solution-finding.

The content of a  2020 Dreams Addiction Workshop can be tailored to the needs of various young people’s institutions from primary and secondary schools to Pupil Referral Units and Young Offenders’ Institutes. If you have any specific areas of focus you need us to cover we will be happy to tailor a workshop schedule that fits your needs.

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All 2020 Dreams workshops are risk-assessed and run by DBS-cleared facilitators. We have run successful PSHE workshops throughout the UK for many years. To book an Addiction Workshop or one of our other  Life, Crime & Social Survival workshops call us on 0800 471 4983 or email hello@2020dreams.org.uk

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