Shocking Discoveries About Substance Abuse in High School

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When I was a sophomore in high school, I registered for a substance abuse class. At that time period, I did not comprehend that alcohol abuse actually was a sub category of drug abuse. While taking this class and learning more about drug and alcohol abuse, 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 individuals all through the world. I also learned quite a bit about alcohol rehabilitation and the different alcohol rehab clinics that are repeatedly available to abusive drinkers.

Some of the harmful consequences correlated with alcoholism and alcohol abuse that I learned about in this class definitely startled me. The ruined lives and many problems experienced by most alcohol addicted 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 devastation that alcohol dependent people 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 teenager wants to become so out-of-control regarding his or her drinking that drinking alcohol becomes the object of one’s life? What young person wants to go to one of the local alcoholic rehabilitation centers to deal with alcohol-related difficulties before he or she becomes an adult?

What adolescent wants to go through alcohol withdrawal symptoms when he or she tries to stop drinking? Why would an individual engage in drinking to such an extent that it would cause serious issues in every area of his or her life? Drinking later in life after an individual has a career, a family, and develops personal responsibilities makes sense. But why would a teenager want to sacrifice his or her education, employment, finances, and relationships for a life that revolves around hazardous drinking?

These issues were so meaningful that I talked about some of them in class throughout the school year. What was utterly amazing to me was the number of students who basically didn’t care about the detrimental consequences of irresponsible drinking that I talked about. It was almost as if they couldn’t be troubled with reality and how these results can demolish their lives. For the first time in my life I started to understand a saying that my grandfather used to say to me throughout my younger years: you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.


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