My name is Lydia Kurz and I teach biology/BNT, mathematics and geography. In addition, I am an expert in addiction prevention at the Schloss-Schule Kirchberg. Addiction and its prevention are topics that can also occur in the school environment, usually undetected for a long time.
School is an important social hotspot for your children. Here they come into contact with their peers and also spend a lot of time. The boundaries between school and private life are often blurred, with the school and all those involved playing a decisive role in the development of the children.
To understand addiction, I want to illustrate how versatile an addiction can be. We are not only in the field of legal drugs such as nicotine and alcohol or illegal drugs, which is primarily associated with addiction. But addiction in puberty and school has very versatile profiles and often affects entire groups. One may start smoking, the other discovers a computer game for himself, the third does not find himself thin enough and competes with others to see who can eat the least. Once this happens in the circle of friends, it can quickly get out of hand and cause serious damage. Different types of addiction can be listed arbitrarily, but they are always the same consequences and usually a vicious circle for the addicts.
It is precisely for this reason that I would like to help the students at the Schloss-Schule as a preventive measure. I am in contact with other experts in the district and in contact with our counseling teacher Andrea Scheibel, who is also a teacher at the Schloss-Schule Kirchberg. Together we try to recognize all forms of addiction at our high school and offer ourselves as contact persons for the students.
I also incorporate the topic into my lessons in order to inform about the psychological and physiological processes. Of course, I support all my colleagues in this regard. Addiction should not only be met with harsh sanctions, but should also be perceived as a clinical picture, which requires pedagogical empathy and trust.
Students of the Schloss-Schule Kirchberg, but also their parents, can contact me if help or advice is needed. For this purpose, I have set up a fixed consultation hour. Otherwise, you can contact me at any time by e-mail or of course contact me directly and personally.
I hope, together with you, to be able to help the affected students and end the vicious circle.