My High School Drug and Alcohol Abuse Class

When I was in the tenth grade in high school, I registered for a substance abuse class. At that time period, I did not grasp the fact that alcohol abuse in point of fact was a sub classification of drug abuse. While taking this class and learning more about drug and alcohol abuse and above all 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 individuals all over the world. I also learned quite a bit about alcohol rehab and the diverse alcohol rehab clinics that are usually available to problem drinkers.

Detrimental Consequences That are Associated With Alcohol Dependency and Alcohol Abuse

Some of the harmful effects correlated with alcoholism and alcohol abuse that I learned about in this class without a doubt worried me. The ruined lives and abundant serious issues experienced by most alcohol dependent people made me feel like I never wanted to drink alcohol when I became old enough. Stated differently, I did not want to face the wreckage and ruination that alcohol addicted individuals almost always go through.

Ponder upon this for a moment. What fifteen-year-old teenager 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 young person wants to go to one of the local alcoholic rehabilitation centers to deal with alcohol-related issues before he or she becomes an adult?

What youth wants to go through alcohol withdrawals when he or she tries to quit drinking? Why would a person engage in drinking to such an extent that it would cause problems 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 an adolescent want to sacrifice his or her education, employment, finances, and relationships for a life that revolves around abusive drinking?

These issues were so important that I talked about some of them in class throughout the school year. What was entirely amazing to me was the number of students who simply didn’t care about the detrimental effects of irresponsible drinking that I discussed. It was almost as if they couldn’t be bothered with reality and how these results can ruin their lives. For the first time in my life I started to grasp something that my grandfather used to tell me all through my teen and pre-teen years: you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

It’s Liberating, Beneficial, and Important to Keep Away From the Damaging and Unhealthy Outcomes of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

And even at my young age, I also began to realize how liberating, beneficial, and important it is in life to keep away from the damaging and unhealthy results of drug and alcohol abuse.

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