The Age of Addiction: how our bad habits become big business



The course begins: Thursday 18th February 2021

Time: 20.00 (Istanbul, GMT+03:00)

Cost: Free

Duration: Five weeks



Addictions (substances, gaming, alcohol, social media, food, and sex, etc) are now recognised as one of the major causes of individual distress and misery in our societies and cities, comparable to poverty and unemployment.

The shocking extent of this rise is made all the more disturbing by the knowledge that so much of it is preventable. This is due to the significant correlation between capitalist culture (big business) and their ruthless pursuit of profiting from our bad habits or vices.

The entire form of capitalism today is perpetuated by not only marketing to the lower appetites of the self, but also in re-designing and shaping our habits and desires, therefore re-constructing the individual psychologically, biologically, and socially.

In this five-hour online course, we shall look at addiction from two interrelated realms of human experience:

1-The Outward:

How ‘big business’ target’s our brain reward centers, driving us to become addicts in order to sustain their enterprises.

2-The Inward/Hidden

How our childhood and adult trauma can act as drivers to addiction, as addiction is only a symptom and not the fundamental problem.

Participants will complete the course with knowledge of the steps they can take in order to begin to free themselves from the power of addiction. It is our responsibility to live a life free from tragedy, depression, guilt, anxiety, and the destruction of relationships that addiction can cause.

Teacher Bio

Zulfiqar Awan BA Hons, MA, PGCE

British lecturer, Zulfiqar Awan (BA Hons, MA, PGCE and Ph.D. candidate) has 15 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Awan has also worked as an independent senior lecturer in philosophy, history, and politics on behalf of the British Government. He is the founder of Humanitas LifeLong Learning, where he teaches regular evening classes and short courses directly to the public, and online to an international audience. Mr Awan currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.