A couple months ago, I attended an alcohol counseling
program because I got caught for underage
possession of alcohol
. It was actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I learned a lot of new things about drugs
American college culture, or perhaps even the culture of youth worldwide, is one that places "macho" value on one's ability to consume a lot of alcohol or drugs. These so-called enabling behaviors are a list of stimuli that would consciously or subconsciously encourage increased drug consumption.
- Do you laugh at someone's drug-induced behavior at the time or later during those "morning after" discussions?
- Do you drink or get high with the person you are concerned about?
- Do you attend drinking functions or gatherings where people are doing drugs with the person you are concerned about?
- Do you help your friend make excuses for getting drunk or high?
- Do you "let it slide" when a friend does something hurtful or embarrassing to you, him/herself, or others when under the influence?
- Do you congratulate people on how much alcohol/other drugs they can consume? Or how fast they can chug? Or how many substances they can combine?
- Did you ever "cover for" someone who was drunk, high or hung over?
- Do you find yourself defending a friend if others remark about his/her use and behavior?
- Do you act as though blackouts are no big deal?
- Do you congratulate friends who are able to maintain their composure or function normally under the influence?
- Do you not share your concerns about someone's drinking or other drug use because you are embarrassed or afriad to make them angry?
If you answered yes to a significant number of these questions, congratulations!
You are helping your friends kill themselves.