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What I Learned About Drug Abuse and Alcoholism in High School and the Motivation and Inspiration For My Enhanced Self Esteem and Self Worth

12:41 am in Pyschology That Helps by seph

When I was a sophomore in high school, I registered for a drug abuse class. At that age, I did not realize that alcohol abuse actually was a sub category of drug abuse. While taking this class and learning more about drug and alcohol abuse and particularly about alcohol side effects, I read a lot about Alcoholic Anonymous, their meetings, how their programs have twelve steps, and how successful the Alcoholics Anonymous recovery program has been for people throughout the world. I also learned a lot about alcohol rehab and the various alcohol rehab clinics that are frequently available to alcohol abusers.

Injurious Results That are Correlated With Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Some of the injurious results correlated with alcoholism and alcohol abuse that I learned about in this class without a doubt startled me. The ruined lives and countless serious issues experienced by most alcohol dependent individuals made me feel like I never wanted to drink alcohol when I became old enough. Stated briefly, I did not want to face the disaster and ruination that alcohol addicted individuals almost always experience.

Think about this for a moment. What fifteen-year-old person wants to face premature death due to his or her drinking behavior? What young person wants to become so out-of-control regarding his or her drinking that ingesting alcohol becomes the object of one’s life? What adolescent wants to go to one of the local alcoholic rehabilitation centers to deal with alcohol-related difficulties before he or she becomes twenty-one?

What youth wants to deal with alcohol withdrawals when he or she tries to quit drinking? Why would an individual engage in drinking to such an extent that it would cause difficulties in every area of his or her life? Drinking later in life after a person has a career, a family, and develops personal responsibilities makes sense. But why would a young person want to sacrifice his or her education, employment, finances, and relationships for a life that focuses on abusive drinking?

These issues were so important that I discussed some of them in class throughout the school year. What was completely incredible to me was the number of students who simply didn’t care about the dangerous consequences of irresponsible drinking that I talked about. It was almost as if they couldn’t be troubled with reality and how these consequences can demolish their lives. For the first time in my life I started to figure out something that my grandfather used to tell me all through my youth: you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

It’s Invigorating, Important, and Beneficial to Keep Yourself From the Unhealthy and Debilitating End Results of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

And even at my young age, I also began to comprehend how invigorating, important, and beneficial it is in life to keep yourself from the damaging and unhealthy end results of alcohol and drug abuse. And realizing this gave me the inspiration and motivation to further boost my self esteem and self worth.

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A Health Teacher in the Best Known Parochial High School in the County Teaches Her Students About the Significance of Alcoholism Signs

11:43 pm in Pyschology That Helps by seph

Miss Benning was a health instructor at the best known co-ed high school in the state. Although she had been teaching for only three of four years, she had already acquired a reputation as an educator with teaching approaches that stimulated and motivated students to learn and to think.

For instance, one Friday morning at 8:30 she addressed the students in her class and stated the following: “For the next three or four days we are going to learn about some basic alcoholism facts from a general perspective and we are also going to learn about a number of the most basic signs of alcoholism from a less general and more explicit point of view.”

“Not all of these alcoholism signs will categorically substantiate that someone with a drinking problem is an alcoholic, but the more signs that a person exhibits, the higher the probability that he or she is an alcohol addicted person.”

Miss Benning then informed the students in the class that each student would be responsible for researching three alcoholism signs and then presenting his or her conclusions to the rest of the class via a twenty-five minute oral presentation.

The Pupils are Energized About Giving An Extensive Presentation to Their Fellow Students About Alcoholism Signs

After learning about the different alcoholism signs for quite a few days, the time had arrived for the individual presentations. It was instantly noticeable that the pupils in her class were energized about the topic because the information that they presented was extraordinary. To say that Miss Benning was pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm manifested by her students concerning this topic could not be overstated.

The day after all of the pupils completed their presentations, Miss Benning passed out a sheet of paper with a list of all the alcohol addiction signs that were presented and discussed in class and in the presentations. Miss Benning then asked the students in her classroom to go over the list and rank the top seven alcoholism signs that were most indicative of alcohol addiction. After around fifteen minutes, Miss Benning collected the sheets of paper and told the students in her class that after she examines the numbers, she will reveal her findings the next school day.

There was some real excitement by the pupils while they were leaving Miss Benning’s classroom. One could swear that her students couldn’t wait for the next day to come so that they could find out the results of their in-class research.

The Students Compare Their Answers With the Appraisals From A Board of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Authorities

When the next school day finally came, Miss Benning gave out a piece of paper that listed the top four alcohol dependency signs as per the students’ rankings. To the left of these results, she included another column that was labeled “correct response.” She then explained to the pupils in her class that the numbers in the extra column she added were the conclusions that were stated by a panel of alcoholism authorities.

Miss Benning asked the students in her classroom to go over the numbers and then to raise their hand if they had any questions, issues, or concerns. Within 30 or 40 seconds, almost everyone in the classroom raised his or her hand. It was noticeable that the students had some issues, concerns, or questions about their results versus the answers given by the specialists. As an illustration, almost every person in the class had an issue with the highest ranked answer given by the experts, to be precise, “Do you feel very sick when you quit drinking?”

The Essential Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is the Physical Addiction That is Experienced With Alcohol Addiction and Not With Alcohol Abuse

Miss Benning then explained to the pupils in her class why this answer was the most accurate indicator of alcohol dependency. She stressed the fact that the major difference between alcohol dependency and alcohol abuse is the physical dependency that is experienced with alcohol dependency and not with alcohol abuse.

Basically this means that when a person who is addicted to alcohol suddenly quits drinking, he or she will experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Miss Benning then informed the students in her classroom that alcohol withdrawal symptoms are responses by the body and by the brain to the deficit of alcohol to which they had become accustomed. Stated differently, alcohol withdrawal symptoms are messages from the body and from the brain telling a person who is addicted to alcohol that something is very out of kilter and needs to be rectified. These signals consist of a number of uncomfortable, painful, and dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can potentially result in someone’s death if the appropriate therapy is not promptly obtained.

Miss Benning then went over the host of alcohol withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced when an individual who is addicted to alcohol suddenly stops drinking.

The fact that Miss Benning tried to emphasize was this: an alcohol abuser can experience almost any and every one of the alcoholism signs that the students had ranked, but the one sign or symptom that few, if any, alcohol abusers ever experience is alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

To articulate this as precisely as possible, Miss Benning pointed out that alcohol abusers, unlike alcohol dependent people, are not alcohol dependent and as a consequence, when they quit drinking, they almost never go through alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

The Students Think They Have Uncovered A Deviation With the Findings From The Board of Alcoholism Professionals

The pupils also had a problem with the second ranked answer given by the alcohol addiction experts, that is, “Have you ever had a drink the first thing in the morning to get rid of a hangover or to steady your nerves?”

Miss Benning explained to the students in her classroom that this sign does not inevitably signify that the problem is alcohol addiction, but that it does point to the need that alcohol dependent individuals have to drink in order to steer clear of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

After Miss Benning explained the importance of alcohol withdrawal symptoms in the life of the individual who is alcohol dependent, the students started to recognize the primary difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency.

To add a sense of closure to the subject matter, Miss Benning asked the pupils in her class to take out a piece of paper and answer the following question: “if every individual who is addicted to alcohol knew about every one of the alcohol addiction signs and alcohol withdrawal symptoms we have studied, what percentage of them do you think would seek alcohol rehabilitation?”

After about one or two minutes, Miss Benning asked for the pupils’ answers. While many students figured that about 80 to 90 percent of people who are addicted to alcohol would ask for alcohol dependency treatment if they knew about the facts related to alcoholism signs and alcohol withdrawal symptoms, most of the pupils believed that this number would not be less than 50 percent.

The Pupils Were Astonished to Find Out That Only 25% of Alcohol Addicted People in the United States Ask For Alcohol Dependency Treatment

To the astonishment of most of the students, Miss Benning stated that according to various scientific examinations, only 25% of the people who are addicted to alcohol in the U.S. seek alcohol rehab. This surprised most of the students because they thought that first-hand knowledge of the dreadful statistics and facts related to alcohol dependency would motivate most of the individuals who are addicted to alcohol to obtain alcoholism rehab.

Miss Benning then explained that people who are alcohol dependent not only need alcohol on a daily basis in order to function but they also need alcohol on an everyday basis so they can steer clear of possible alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Clearly, the alcoholic’s need to drink on a daily basis is stronger than facts or logic. Indeed, since the thirst for alcohol is “reality” to the alcohol dependent individual, this is difficult to undo.

A few minutes later the bell rang, indicating that the end of class had arrived. Based on the buzz exhibited by the students when they were leaving the room, Miss Benning recognized that she had inspired and motivated the students in her classroom to stop and think about an essential health and social problem that exists in our society.