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Transcript of Drug Use
Drug use provides emotional protection from the outside world
FOUR KINDS OF DENIAL
Drug use allows only a temporary escape from reality.
People who use drugs frequently tend to avoid facing problems, and may feel comfortable for a while.
They remain in their comfort zones (or stay with what they know is comfortable), rather than taking risks and dealing with the problems.
Problems build up when they are not dealt with, and may eventually crash down on the person all at once.
Constant avoidance may cause problems in relationships with others.
especially when one partner in the relationship wants to deal with issues as they come up, and the other does not.
Drugs help people to establish friendships.
People get used to a drug.
Drug use shows independence.
Partying involves a lot of social interaction, which may be fun. However, violence is also associated with drug use.
People often argue and fight more when they are using than they do when they are sober.
People tend to keep relationships and conversations very shallow and superficial when they are drugged.
When people quit using, they find that many of their drug-using buddies disappear.
Substance use may give us a false sense of confidence and comfort.
Learning skills necessary to interact with people when we are drug-free is an important part of maturing emotionally.
When someone tries a drug for the first time, s/he may cough or get nauseated.
After a while, such symptoms may stop.
A person may believe that the absence of symptoms means that s/he has learned to use the substance correctly.
However, no one 'gets used' to a drug.
the body's warning signals simply give up and addiction begins.
Once a user becomes addicted, s/he is
on the drug.
Real independence comes from making good choices in life and not being dependent on others or objects to meet your needs.
Drug users frequently blame others or outside social events for their drug use.
If it weren't for my parents, my brothers & sisters, my friends, my teachers, my coaches, and all of this school work, I wouldn't have a problem.
Drug users may deny injury from drug use.
I drink a lot, but I told you...this has nothing to do with drinking. I was leaving a party last night and I missed a step.
Drug users may deny their effects on others.
You have money for the rent...right?
Drug users may reinterpret bad things that happen to them, so that they appear to be positive, or at least not so bad.
When they pulled me over, they had me count backwards from 100, which I failed. They took me to jail. It was really funny! You should see my mug shot. I asked for a re-take, and this is the real funny part...
Loss of body's defense and warning system
Loss of coping skills; less able to function well in social situations.
Loss of important aspects of life, such as job, family, friends.
Loss of hope, self-esteem, self-respect, other people's respect
Isolation, conflict, focus on drug use, danger to others.
Life skills get worse, focus on drug use, slow physical damage.
Lack of meaning and purpose, underlying anger.
Money spent on drugs, job troubles, possible legal system expenses.
Effects of chemical dependency on different areas of life
This person feels that s/he must do everything to preserve the family unit. S/he is usually the spouse of the addict (or dependent).
covering up the addict's (dependent's) use to avoid shame and embarrassment to the family
blaming self for the addict's use and possible abuse
building a wall of defenses to cover or mask the pain
feeling powerless to make the situation better
believing that "I am the only one who can keep this family together"
This person feels that s/he must overachieve to prove to the world that the family is OK.
The Hero often:
works hard and is successful
strives for the approval of others
is an over-achiever with low self-esteem
gets a lot of attention, but doesn't ever feel it
appears to be in total control of things
hides feelings of loneliness
develops an independent life away from the family
becomes involved with or marries a chemically dependent/alcoholic person in order to feel needed
This person feels rejected and lonely, so s/he will do anything to get attention. This person simply is not motivated to work as hard as the family Hero, and therefore generally receives blame for all the family's problems.
use of chemical substances
tendency to be moody and withdrawn
acting out and openly rejecting authority
valuing peer relationships highly
acting tough to mask hidden feelings of rejection, hurt, anger, fear and loneliness
This person's role is to provide fun and humour within the family. S/he is generally very enjoyable to be around.
provides a distraction from the problems of the family
does anything to attract attention
clowns around and is often considered "the life of the party"
often tends to be hyperactive
masks true feelings behind a defensive wall of comedy
This person is usually the youngest child and tends to get lost in the shuffle.
The lost child:
often feels invisible when family members are together
doesn't feel her/his feelings are important to the other family members
never needs any attention, which may cause other family members to assume that everything is fine with her/him
may be at high risk for suicide
Myths, Denials, Chemical Dependency and Family Roles