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Psychologists update their knowledge of the Journal

The official College of Psychology of Las Palmas (COP) held this Friday its conference on the adjustment of access to the birth of addicts. The training, in the implementation of which the Forja Foundation collaborated, was accompanied by professors of Psychology and Medicine, as well as representatives of the main parliamentary groups of the Canary Islands to discuss an important topic for society. Francisco Javier Sánchez Eizaguirre, dean of the province, presides and controls the COP board.

The day began with a table on approaches to behavioral substances, in which several experts shared their knowledge, experiences and considerations. Thus, the psychologist Francisco Ramírez Acosta, therapeutic director of the Canary Forja Foundation and specialist in Intervention, spoke about addictions to different substances. In addition, he highlighted the importance of the therapist in these cases. “There is mental health care, which is the unfortunate sister of poor health,” said the professional. “He would be a distant relative of France,” he added.

Ramírez Acosta also stated that “the object is of the highest degree of substance.” For this “it is necessary to understand that the role of advertisement plays in the person of each one”.


In this sense, he warned “to be very careful of prohibitions or criticism”, while more in favor of “reuniting with emotions in the line of suffering, because addiction is a symptom, not a cause”.

A similar opinion was offered by Dr. José Maria García Basterrechea, specialist in Internal Medicine, drug addiction expert and former director of addiction at the Reina Sofía Hospital Unit in Murcia, who was a smoker. It began by warning that tobacco use has “terrible consequences” on health and the environment. “More than eight million people die every year in the world as a result of smoking,” which “also has a significant reduction in the quality of life,” he mentioned. And he asserted that “preventive works must be done, that they may be fulfilled.”

Dr. Basterrechea does not forget those people who do not want or cannot quit smoking. In these cases, in addition to encouraging them to step, he shows an option other than abstinence, as happens in diseases. Thus, he was in favor of studying “others without combustion”, although in Spain there is a great debate about these options. “In other countries like England, both the Department of Health and the College of Physicians defend that they are the most powerful complement to alternative treatment and also propose what can be prescribed.”

New technologies

Finally, Dr. Carlos Mur de Víu, specialist in addictions and head of the Ministry of Mental Health of the Andorran Health Service, intervened electronically to raise the issue of addiction to new technologies. These, he pointed out, are part of modern life, so it is important to “learn to control them”.

Focusing on minors and young people, one of the groups of people in which this type of addiction is most important, Dr. Mur de Víu liked to “work on self-esteem and on the control of emotions”, as the tools that provided them. help them prevent the development of addictive behavior. “We need to know that they know how to manage their time with another type of activity, so that they can check their presumption and identify problems from excessive use of the Internet or mobile phone.”

public table

The day was concluded with a political table in which members of the different parliamentary groups took the floor, with the aim of presenting the political perspective of the CANARY ISLANDS ATTACHMENT COUNCIL in which they work. So the delegates Miguel Ángel Ponce González (Popular Parliamentary Group), María Esther González González (Parliamentary Group of Nueva Canarias), Beatriz Calzada Ojeda (Canarian Nationalist Parliamentary Group) and Marcus Franciscus Hernández Guillén (Socialist Parliamentary Group) explained their positions.

“During the parliamentary process we had the presence of technicians and experts who introduced the possibilities and proposals for the improvement of the policy”, explained Hernández Guillén. And he indicated that the document with which the Parliament of the Canary Islands is working “drinks from the waters of the National Drug Plan”. “We are going to work to implement that tool to allow us to work in the field of banning from the fields of education and community” to have a much healthier and substance free society, added the Socialist deputy.

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