Staging an Intervention
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So, someone you care about is drinking too much and you want to have an intervention. While interventions can work, a person who abuses alcohol must be willing to stop drinking. Here are tips for convincing your friend that its time to quit drinking.
Transcript: You've probably seen an intervention in a film or television show. In real life, an intervention is...
You've probably seen an intervention in a film or television show. In real life, an intervention is a big step, and not one to be taken lightly. If someone you care about has a serious problem with drinking or drugs, you may feel that the only way to help is to stage an intervention. An intervention is when an addict's friends and family get together to confront a loved one about the seriousness of his or her addiction; while also communicating how much he or she means to them. The hoped-for outcome is that the addict will recognize the reality of his situation and get treatment. Some of these meetings end with acknowledgment of the problem by the addict. But, unfortunately, interventions can also be met with intense anger, denial, and disbelief. If unsuccessful, an intervention can create a large rift between the addict and family members and friends, possibly leading to problems that were not present before. For this reason, it's vital to go about an intervention with as much knowledge and preparation as possible. For starters, contact a trained professional to help stage an intervention. Try the National Intervention Referral's website as a resource. In the past, interventions were staged by a counselor and loved ones to take the addict completely by surprise. Today, however, many professionals recommend telling the addict in advance that you are speaking with a counselor about his or her problems with addiction. That way, when the intervention does occur, he's less likely to feel ambushed by the talk. Whichever way works best for you, try to pick a time when the person you're planning the intervention for will be sober and in a comfortable environment. Practice the intervention with the counselor, discussing what everyone will say, and rehearsing responses to potential reactions by the addict. An intervention is not the time to seek revenge for past transgressions. Instead confront your loved one as kindly and honestly as possible. Recognize that whether the person you care about gets help or not, you may need counseling after the fact, and that's OK. Ask your intervention counselor to make a recommendation, or contact your college's health center to find someone with whom you can talk.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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Many professional athletes have turned to anabolic steroids to get fit fast. But relying on a steroid like creatine or even human growth hormones (HGH) can have serious health consequences that are anything but impressive.
Transcript: You may assume steroid abusers are stereotypica meatheads-but a new study shows that students on steroids...
You may assume steroid abusers are stereotypica meatheads-but a new study shows that students on steroids are actually amongst the most educated of drug users! Anabolic-androgenic steroids, or AAS, are manufactured compounds that resemble the body's natural hormone, testosterone. In its natural form, testosterone directs the body to produce or enhance male characteristics, like facial hair growth and increased muscle mass. Testosterone also regulates sexual function in both genders. Both male and female bodies make this hormone, although men produce larger amounts. When used legally, steroids are available to treat conditions related to deficiencies in the body's testosterone, such as delayed puberty. They can also be prescribed to treat body wasting in people with AIDS. But AAS are also available on the street, where they go by other names, like pumpers, gym candy, and Arnolds. Illegally, steroids are taken to encourage the body to create new muscle growth, as well as to prevent the breakdown of current muscle mass. Fewer than one percent of college students admit to having tried steroids without a prescription...but those who do use steroids are often body builders or non-athletes hoping to "look better." Unfortunately, abusing steroids can lead to a host of negative side effects. On the emotional side, the drugs can cause hostility, aggression, and impaired judgment. Physically, short-term abuse can lead to acne, premature hair loss, and-of course-increased muscle mass. And long term abuse leads to even more serious consequences, like damage to the reproductive organs, often manifesting as decreased testicle size in men, decreased breasts in women, and possible infertility in both sexes. Plus, steroid users have a significantly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney cancer, and stroke-causing blood clots. There's obviously a reason that steroids are illegal without a doctor's prescription, so be like 99% of your peers and pass on them.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-12 | Tags »
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We’re definitely not suggesting you use any illegal drugs, but if you are going to party while abroad, you need to know that both drugs, and drug laws, can be very different from those in the US.
Transcript: You're young. You're curious. You're overseas! And you just might check out the party scene while you're...
You're young. You're curious. You're overseas! And you just might check out the party scene while you're studying or traveling abroad. We're definitely not suggesting you use any illegal drugs, but if you ARE going to party, you should know that around the globe both drugs, and drug laws, can be very different from those in the US. You should make it a point to know the laws of the country you're visiting, and follow them! Hundreds of Americans are arrested every year for public intoxication, or drug- related infractions. In Amsterdam, for example, while it is legal to buy and smoke marijuana and hash IN coffeeshops , it's illegal to smoke it on the street. And other countries in Europe, such as France and Spain, still have laws against use of marijuana and hash. And while you can legally purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms in both Amsterdam and Belgium, it's NOT legal to bring them across the border into another country. Many countries impose harsh sentences for all drug use, including smoking marijuana. And some countries even have the death penalty on the books for recreational drug use. And, the US government will not be able to get you out of jail. Beware of being taken advantage of. In South and Central America, marijuana, peyote and cocaine are popular drugs that put travelers at risk. But the most dangerous is devil's breath. Scopolamine a fine powder from the cacao seeds of the borrachero tree, is similar to roofies and causes hallucinations, and can put people in a highly suggestible "zombie like" state. While devil's breath is not a common recreational high, it is sometimes used by criminals on unsuspecting tourists. Be careful taking ordrinking anything from someone you don't know. Long-term effects of devil's breath have included ongoing memory loss and nightmares. When traveling anywhere, you need to pay attention to what's going on around you, not accept drinks form strangers, and steer clear of scenes where you can become a victim.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-24 | Tags »
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