The European Center for Peace and Development University for Peace established by the United Nations, Belgrade (ECPD) - Regional Mediterranean Institute for International Postgraduate Studies and Development Research, in the framework of the ECPD International Program of Transfer of Knowledge System, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Montenegro, Ministry of Health of Serbia, Ministry of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Srpska, Istituto Superiore di Sanità of Italy, National School of Public Health of Greece, South-Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN), Croatian Medical Association - Society for Alcoholism and Other Addictions, Medical Chamber of Slovenia and UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Serbia, organizes



with the main topic



(Kotor - Hotel „Cattaro”, 25 – 27 June 2021)


The European Center for Peace and Development UN University for Peace organizes this School with the aim to direct the focus to all modalities and aspects of addiction, as well as to bring together experts from various fields - physicians, psychologists, social workers, special pedagogues, lawyers, criminologists and other professionals, who will enable a more extensive exchange of experience as well as provide the latest knowledge, practical and scientific achievements in the area of prevention, treatment and integral rehabilitation of addictive diseases.

Director of the School is Prof. Dr. Slavica Đukić Dejanović, Professor at the ECPD UN University for Peace. Co-directors of the School are Prof. Dr. Zoran Zoričić, Clinical Hospital Center “Sisters of Mercy” Zagreb, President of the Croatian Society for Alcoholism and Other Addictions and Prof. Dr. Petar Nastasić, Professor of the ECPD UN University for Peace. The school is internationally and nationally accredited. The School is accredited by the Health Council of Serbia as an International course of the 1st category with 14 points for lecturers and 7 points for participants. The accreditation number of the School is А-1-84/21.


Contemporary addictions are no longer manifested only as the excessive use of alcohol and other psychoactive substances (opiates, hallucinogens, stimulants ...). In the era of postmodernism, they still have epidemiological rates, but nowadays so-called non-chemical addictions (pathological gambling, dependence on video games, the Internet and social networks, shopping...) are emerging. Unfortunately, this change has not led to a reduction in the the so-called chemical addictions. Research shows that not only are some of them increasing in number but an increase in mortality associated with alcohol and alcoholism is registered. Likewise, social and psychological consequences to family members, social status of families, especially children are more pronounced. In relation to addictive diseases, there is significant growth of social deviation, domestic violence, general crime, prostitution, and human trafficking.

It has to be said that contemporary addictions represent the greatest challenge globally in (re) defining cause, prevention, treatment and recovery. All addictions are primarily complex diseases of the central nervous system, but with specific behavioral determinants and psychological and social consequences. Therefore, these are the underlying diseases of disruptive behavior and all addictions hold the characteristics of learned behavior. Their formation is based on the processes of emotional and social learning, and has a very complex neurobiochemical basis (verified by the findings of affective neuroscience).

It was this year that the challenge became extremely difficult. The massive trauma expressed through the consequences of the COVID 19 virus pandemic has brought new challenges, both to society as a whole and to the psychiatric and addiction professions. Many prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs have been temporarily reduced or delayed. At the same time, the generated stress emphasized the recurrence of behavior and taking substances in one part of the addicted population, and a part of the wider population used psychoactive substances to reduce stress, risking the development of addiction. The uncertainty of the future outcome of the pandemic poses challenges to the profession to better redefine the framework of treatment in crisis conditions, as well as the adoption of treatment for comorbid disorders.

In accordance with its good tradition, the School will also deal with the New Paradigm of Recovery, not only diagnosis and medical treatment of addiction diseases. According to the postulates of the New Paradigm, the goal of addiction treatment is not simply to "abort" or "reduce" the use of psychoactive substances or to discontinue gambling and internet use. This is actually achieved successfully and relatively quickly by a formal treatment episode according to a medical model. However, the New Paradigm insists on the establishment of treatment and its implementation, similar to the treatment of other chronic diseases, advocating long-term management of addiction treatment. In addition to solidarity with a sick member of the community, changes are expected both in the family and community regarding the causes and consequences of the addiction disease.

This brings us to the place and realm where the addiction was developed and maintained - in the ecosystem, in the social community and in the family. Depending on where the problem originated, the cause and a cure is found, and hence - prevention and treatment and recovery. Considerations of social ecosystems will now be deepened by an understanding of the pandemic environment and global impacts on the prevention and treatment of chemical and non-chemical addictions.




(I) Mass traumatism (COVID-19 pandemic) and addictive diseases

(II) Can addictology be better after the COVID Pandemic experience

(III) Alcoholism - old or new pandemic

(IV) Addictology - do we all deserve better and more

(V) The relationship between family and community in addiction

(VI) The relationship between the family as a system and the neurobiochemistry of emotionality in addictions

(VII) Modern psycho-pharmacological therapy of addiction during the COVID-19 Pandemic

(VIII) Social and professional identity of addictologists

(IX) Non-institutional treatment of addictive diseases

(X) Online interventions in the age of COVID

(XI) The importance of treatment and recovery of addicts for the society

(XII) What is obtained by Harm reduction programs

(XIII) Adaptation of harm-reduction programs during the COVID-19 pandemic

(XIV) Potentials and possibilities of medical sociology for the problem of addiction

(XV) The importance of connecting social protection and public health in the local community



·         Prof. Dr. Slavica Đukić Dejanović, Minister in the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Professor at the ECPD UN University for Peace, Belgrade

·         Prof. Dr. Zoran Zoričić, Director of the Croatian Society for Alcoholism and Other Addictions, President of Croatian Association of Clubs of Treated Alcoholics, Zagreb

·         Prof. Dr. Luca Rosi, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

·         Prof. Dr. Mila Goldner Vukov, Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

·         Prof. Dr. Petar Nastasić, Professor of the ECPD UN University for Peace, Belgrade

·         Prof. Dr. Andrej Kastelic, University Psychiatric Clinic Ljubljana

·         Prim. Dr. Mira Kovačević, Director of the Special Hospital for Addictive Diseases, Belgrade, President of the National Committee for Prevention and Control of Addictive Diseases of the Republic of Serbia

·         Dr. Miloš Stojanović, Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Serbia

·         Prof. Dr. Nermana Mehić Basara, Director of the Institute for Addiction Diseases, Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

·         Prof. Dr. Zdenka Čebašek, President, Medical Chamber of Slovenia

·         Prof. Dr. Nikša Dubreta, Chair of Department of Sociology, University of Zagreb

·         Prof. Dr. Nera Zivlak Radulović, Head of Psychiatric Clinic, University Clinical Centre of the Republic of Srpska

·         Prof. Dr. Srđan Milovanović, Clinical Center of Serbia, University Psychiatry Clinic

·         Prof. Dr. Ante Bagarić, Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče, Zagreb

·         Prof. Dr. Erik Brezovec, sociologist, Croatian Studies, Zagreb

·         Ass. Prof. Dr. Olivera Vuković, Institute of Mental Health, Belgrade

·         Prim. Dr. Ante Orešković, Psychiatric Hospital St. Ivan Jankomir, Zagreb



School participants that have successfully completed the School program will obtain an internationally accredited Certificate of the European Center for Peace and Development of the University for Peace established by the United Nations.


Application Form and Registration Fee

Registration fee for participation in the School for payments made by 15 May, 2021 amounts 290 EUR, and for payments made after that date the registration fee is 350 EUR.

Application should be sent to: European Center for Peace and Development UN University for Peace, Terazije 41, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia; Fax: +381 11 3240 673, +381 11 3234 082; E-mail: ecpd@Eunet.rs and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.ecpd.org.rs


Hotel Accommodation

European Center for Peace and Development of the UN University for Peace has provided accommodation for the participants in the Hotel “Cattaro” in Kotor (www.cattarohotel.com, tel: +382 32 311 000), the venue of the School, at preferential rates, on bed and breakfast basis:

Ÿ     127 EUR per day for a single room and

Ÿ     71 EUR for a double room, per person.

Accommodation on a half-board basis will be charged additionally 15 EUR and on a full-board basis 30 EUR. We enclose hereto the Hotel booking form and suggest you make the reservation of your accommodation through the ECPD Secretariat.









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