This is the third in a series of blogs looking at the importance of minor in possession (MIP) classes for our nation's youth. In the prior blogs, we discovered that children, 10 and under, understand how dangerous alcohol and drugs are, and were committed not to use them. However, we also saw the record number of adolescents using alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. This is a sad reality!
To what do you attribute the use of alcohol and drugs among teens after those same kids vowed to never use them as children?
As onlinealcoholclass.com rolls out its Michigan MIP class, I speak directly to those in East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit. What are you personally doing to keep your children from trying drugs and alcohol?
These days it isn't enough for a parent just to be a good role model. The sad reality is that the internet and their peers have a great influence and so parents must be proactive. Clearly defined expectations and ongoing communication is critical. Staying involved with your teenagers and getting to know their friends, their choices, their likes and dislikes. Knowing how they spend their time online and which sites they frequent. What social media are they involved in?
Since the internet is interactive it is different than television. So, teenagers are growing up in a different world. The internet is also changing so rapidly that it can be challenging to keep up. Especially, if you are not computer savvy.
This is why I encourage all parents to enroll themselves and their children ages 10 and up in onlinealcoholclass.com's Michigan MIP course. Here is a link. Take the course together and discuss the information.
As a person whose childhood was affected by alcoholism and who became an alcoholic, I can attest that consuming alcohol can ruin your life. Alcoholism affects not only the person drinking, but everyone he comes in contact with, especially his family.
This is a series of blogs which look at how alcohol has a ripple effect. It not only affects the person who is drinking, but it has lasting effects on children and families. As reported in allpsych.com.
Older children of alcoholics may show depressive symptoms, obsessive perfectionism, hoarding, keeping to themselves (isolation), or being excessively self-conscious. Studies show that children of alcoholics feel that they are different from other people (and often ashamed of their family situation) so they develop a poor self-image. Many teenage children of alcoholics develop phobias as a way of coping with the chronic stress and anxiety they have no control over.
To this list of possible traumas add the fact that children of alcoholics are a lot more likely to become alcoholics themselves. I don't know about you, but I do not know one alcoholic or drug-addicted parent who wishes their disease upon their children.
Children of alcoholics (COAs) have more trouble in school. In addition to the stressful environment at home that may prevent them from studying, their school performance can suffer from an inability to express themselves.
Do you know a child whose life is being adversely affected this way? Is their parent trying to seek help? What can you do about it? If you care about this person and this child, I suggest you stand up and say something. Have them read the blog here at onlinealcoholclass.com. and hopefully they will be encouraged to take a 16 hour alcohol awareness class to help themselves and their children.
Onlinealcoholclass.com is proud to present it's Minor In Possession class or MIP Class.
While the vast majority of those who sign up for onlinealcoholclass.com's Michigan MIP class are court-ordered to do so, it is quite often a proactive parent or teacher, who are vital in getting a teenager to take our course.
Teens are using alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs in record numbers now. Marijuana use is rampant, so it is cleat that the anti-alcohol and anti-drug message is not getting across.
However, if you dive one level deeper, looking at youth under the age of 10, you realize that there is a very strong anti-alcohol and anti-drug message. As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes, I am a regular speaker at schools around the country. At a recent speech for third graders, I knew the message was coming through loud and clear when every student said that alcohol was bad for them and they were never going to drink. This bought be great joy.
The message is out there, but somewhere between middle school and high school, it gets lost and ignored. Why do you think that is? Your input is important to us.
If you would like more information on any of our classes, please contact us by clicking the link below.
Has your family been negatively impacted by alcohol. The odds are pretty good you have. It has been estimated that 25% of all families have been affected by alcohol and alcohol-related incidents.
This is a series of blogs looking at alcohol and its disastrous effects on families. As reported in allpsych.com.
Why an Expectant Mother Should Not Drink
Research has proven that alcohol consumption during pregnancy has a strong chance of affecting the fetus. Did you realize that a mother's blood-alcohol concentration is passed directly to the fetus?
In general, the more severe the mother’s drinking problem during pregnancy, the more severe the symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in infants. Babies born with FAS are shorter and underweight compared to normal babies. They have deformities of the brain and skull, and very characteristic facial features such as small eye openings; thin upper lips; long, flat faces; and a long groove in the middle of their upper lips. These children’s central nervous systems are also damaged.
Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome have difficulties in learning, attention span, judgment, memory, problem-solving, and frequently behavior problems. Children with FAS may also have problems with social skills. Their frustration easily turns to anger as they grow older. These children are hyperactive – unable to sit or stand still for a long time. They are often impulsive, poorly coordinated, and have impaired speech and hearing.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its effects are permanent, often leading to lifelong problems with mental retardation.
Again, as I asked in a previous onlinealcoholclass.com blog, is it really worth it to take a chance drinking during pregnancy? What are your thoughts? We will continue to look at the harmful effects on the body and family in the next blog entry.
We are so happy to announce our minor in possession (MIP) class here at onlinedrugclass.com. There are two primary ways we can help keep our beautiful youth stay away from drugs - strong parental influence and drug education classes.
Let's start with the most important thing - parental guidance. Keeping your children off of drugs begins at home. Role modeling good behavior in our internet culture is not enough. The internet portal is very powerful and other factors such as good communication, clear expectations, and being involved with your teenagers and their friends are very helpful. Parents need to teach their teenagers how to "feel good" without using alcohol. They need to discuss how to say "no" to friends and how to avoid situations where they feel pressure. Teenagers live in a different world and it's important for parents to be tuned into that world. Know who your children hang out with. Get savvy with the internet so you know what they are being influenced by online. Have regular discussions about using drugs including prescription drugs which are very problematic these days. Discuss their need to be stimulated and teach them how to be "quiet" without all the input.
If you take or use drugs, it will be a double standard and in their eyes, a free pass. Teenagers have a watchful eye but tend to take extra risks.
The second form of drug prevention occurs outside the home - in drug awareness and MIP classes. These classes reinforce the message from the home with solid information as to the dangers of drug use and abuse. The goal is to discourage our children from experimenting with drugs in the first place. The classes are a good way to open the communication between you and your teenager. Be proactive while they are still open to your influence or they will take a class simply to appease you.
If you or someone you care about has a problem with drugs, seek help. If you prefer to maintain anonymity take an online MIP class. Just follow the link below or contact us with any questions.
This is a series of blogs addressing the dangers of alcohol use and abuse. There is no doubt that alcohol use, even if you are not a serious alcoholic, effects your body adversely. Alcohol increases your chances of contracting more than 200 diseases.
Here is a fact about alcohol - about 5% of all cancer is due to alcohol consumption. As reported in www.news.com.au.
Let’s make no bones about it: alcohol is a class one carcinogen, as listed by the World Health Organization.
Effect on Families
But the affect alcohol can have on an individual’s health is only part of the story. In 2012, the Salvation Army commissioned research as part of Alcohol Awareness week into the effect alcohol abuse has on families. Among many worrisome findings, they revealed that 4.2 million Australians know families where they think children are not being properly cared for because of someone’s alcohol use. The situation is worse in other countries, especially Eastern Europe.
Add this to the fact that almost half of all domestic homicides are alcohol related, and that the proportion of people experiencing physical abuse by someone under the influence of alcohol increased from 1.5 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2013, and you’ve got yourself a worrying epidemic. And this is Australia, the land where there are "no worries, mate."
The next entry in this series will take a personal look at people's lives who were negatively impacted by alcohol.
As a recovering addict and a man dedicated to preventing others from becoming addicted to drugs, I am pleased to announce that onlinedrugclass.com is officially launching its new Michigan minor in possession (MIP) class.
Drugs ruin lives. As the educational director for drug classes, I see many examples of our nation's youth missing amazing opportunities and changing the course of their lives as a result of problems with drugs and alcohol. Our children are used to being overstimulated so using drugs and alcohol is a boost when they feel bored.
Drug use starts out innocently enough. They are with their friends, so it must be safe. Teenagers are naturally programmed to take risks and peer acceptance is extremely important. Many of the drugs are highly addictive but seem mild making it easy for them to keep using.
it is deeply painful and devastating to watch a young spirit with so much potential throwing it all away because they are in a bind with drugs.
What can we do to keep our children from becoming addicted to drugs? The obvious answer is to help them understand that trying drugs (innocently) IS a lot riskier than it seems. Nobody experiments with a drug thinking they will get addicted.
There are two main avenues we use to help get the message across - drug education classes and parental guidance. Both of these elements are absolutely crucial if we are to succeed. Both issues will be discussed in subsequent blog entries.
I also would appreciate any comments or experiences you have. I have attached a link to the new MIP class at onlinedrugclass.com. Please contact us with any questions or comments.
This is a series of blogs addressing the of dangers alcohol. In an effort to articulate the risks accurately, we will look at real-life scenarios.
The terrifying fact is that if you use alcohol regularly you are increasing the likelihood of dying from an alcohol-related problem. Almost 7,000 people per day die when alcohol is a factor. As reported in www.voanews.com.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published more reports and statistics than you can imagine, to help illustrate the risks connected with alcohol, yet, more and more people are dying each year from alcohol-related causes.
In 2005, WHO statistics showed that alcohol consumption for people aged 15 years or older, was 6.13 liters of pure alcohol. They also reported that, most people do not drink. In fact, almost half of all men and two-thirds of women in 2005 did not consume alcohol.
Do you find this figure surprising? Does it relate to your experience? In my experience, most people drink, at least socially, many more are covert drinkers, and others are alcoholics.
Alcohol dependency will shorten your life. One expert estimates that people who are dependent on alcohol live about 10 years less than those who do not abuse alcohol.
A large portion of alcohol related deaths and disabilities are in the young and middle ages rather than older folks. The majority of deaths occur below the age of 60. This implies that many of the 2.5 million deaths could be considered premature.
We will continue to look at the dangers of alcohol in the next blog here at onlinealcoholclass.com.
There is no doubt that the future of this country lies with our youth. Therefore, it is my firm belief we need to thoroughly educate adolescents and pre-teens about the dangers associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Like most people, I am sure you believe we are doing everything within our power to keep kids away from alcohol and drugs. You might be asking yourself why we need another minor in possession (MIP) class?
Do you really believe the message about the dangers of alcohol and other recreational drugs is working? This question is not as simple as it sounds. Given that children under the age of 18 are consuming alcohol and other drugs, mainly marijuana, in record numbers is an indicator that the message is not encouraging our kids to make better choices.
It may seem (to us) like the message is clear, but clearly it is not. If you are a resident of Michigan, I encourage you to sign up for a class. If you are a parent, it is smart to take the class together, with your child.
Role modeling, communication, and clearly defined expectations are key factors to helping our teenagers make good decisions. For more information, go to our link or contact us today.
This will be the first in a series of blogs addressing the dangers of excessive alcohol use and how it can not only ruin lives, but kill.
Do you believe that all the banter about the dangers of alcohol is a bunch of hooey? Are you aware that they kind of alcohol we drink, ethyl alcohol, is toxic to the human body? If you or someone you know has consumed too much alcohol for their liver to process, you have experienced or witnessed alcohol poisoning which can be lethal.
Do you know someone whose life is or was adversely effected by too much alcohol? I meet hundreds of people every month whose lives, health and relationships have been compromised by alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholism effects people from all walks of life. It effects people from every race, religion and gender.
Just how deadly is alcohol? The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that alcohol is responsible for killing 2.5 million people per year. For those of you math majors, you can figure it out - that means almost 7,000 die every single day (6,849) because of alcohol. That is almost 5% of all deaths globally that can be attributed to alcohol.
Does that make you take a second to reflect?
WHO says the harmful use of alcohol is now the third leading risk factor for illness and death from non-communicable and communicable disease.
I hope this first entry into the "alcohol kills" blog series makes you stop and consider your personal drinking habits and the habits of those around you. I would also recommend taking an 8 hour online alcohol awareness class to get really educated on the subject.