From the Cities Against Drugs Program, of the Social Welfare area of the La Rinconada City Council, in collaboration with AR San José, prevention activities have been held in local institutes on the occasion of World Alcohol-Free Day
On the occasion of World Alcohol-Free Day, November 15, the Social Welfare area, through the Cities Against Drugs Program, and the Association of Rehabilitated Alcoholics San José (AR San José) have developed activities with the objective of informing, preventing and raise awareness about the risks of alcohol consumption among youth and the general public.
Thus, in the IES of the municipality they have organized information sessions and they have also set up an information table at the San José market. The week culminated with the celebration of the XIII AR San José Congress under the motto ‘The path to compassionate listening’ that was held at the Hacienda Santa Cruz, and whose opening table included the mayor of La Rinconada, Javier Fernández, the delegate of Social Welfare, Mercedes Bueno, and the president of AR and the Al-Andalus Federation, Emilio Medina.
Medina thanked the Rincon City Council for its support, gave a summary of the activities carried out and pointed out that the group is available to anyone who needs it 365 days a year.
For his part, the mayor, Javier Fernández, showed his support for AR “not only for the celebration of this type of events, but for the commitment and work they do with the prevention and redirection of so many people who deal with this battle. . It is very important that they have a place to go, like these entities, that give their lives, experience and time to help those people who recognize that they need a float to get to the shore, that they are listened to without being judged, and where the family members too find support and guidance.”
Also, the Social Welfare delegate, in her speech, congratulated the entire AR San José team and the Federation for the work they do every day. In addition, he explained the work being carried out by the City Council in this area, especially prevention with youth, “key to changing the vision of alcohol culture that we have in our society, it being common for the population not to conceptualize it as a drug.” .
During the morning, and well into midday, activities took place such as that of the addictions specialist Eva García de las Heras who gave the workshop ‘Strength of understanding’.
The psychologist Cristóbal Gangoso Aragón followed with the conference ‘Learning to listen’. For 20 years he was Head of the Psychology Service at the Psychiatric Hospital of Huelva and, later, held the same position at the Juan Ramón Jiménez General Hospital in the city. He is the Technical Director and Founder of the assistance device on toxic psycho-dependencies ARO of Huelva.
There was also space for the attending public to express themselves and the day ended with a day of coexistence at the AR San José headquarters.