Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol have become a part of human life many centuries ago. Nowadays, people still use drugs and alcohol. However, now many people understand the danger of drug and alcohol abuse. Some think that there are only a few addicts who are treated in special places. However, there are lots of those who use alcohol or drugs in all communities. Therefore, it is possible to find people who have real problems with drugs or alcohol, even in such groups as athletes and student leaders.
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For instance, Paul Chabot, MPA, Ed.D. came to Iona College to talk about drugs and alcohol with student leaders and athletes. It turned out that many students did not understand the danger. Paul Chabot delivered a really great lecture. He shared his own experience, he gave some statistic data, and he told about the experiences of other people. The main message of his lecture is that young people should not only avoid using drugs or alcohol, but they should carry out a mission, which is as follows: “Live the absolute best life that you can, challenge every wrong that you see before you…” (IonaCollegeVideos, 2011).
It is important to add that the lecture was really informative. Paul Chabot revealed precise data, which are quite frightening. People never think of the problem if they do not see the exact number of people who suffer or even die. Besides, the lecturer showed a really illustrative video. The 22-year-old girl who had health problems because of drugs was examined. It turned out that her brain was in a very poor state. Paul Chabot’s association concerning the chase for the Rabbit was really great. Admittedly, the lecture broadened the horizons of many students who were there.
Apart from the really interesting and informative lecture, it was a great chance to observe young people’s reactions. It could seem that the audience (athletes and student leaders) would agree with the lecturer. However, it turned out that some students did not share the opinion of the lecturer. For instance, when Paul Chabot was talking about marihuana, students reacted in a bit strange way. Some students did not see the danger. Many students started discussing the use of marihuana. It seemed that some students thought marihuana was a kind of medication. It was obvious that some young people did not think that they could become addicts. Such kind of reaction was quite unexpected. Of course, it is necessary to have a closer look at people’s reaction, and it will become clear who is an addict, who can become an addict, who understands the danger, and who can carry out the mission.
Therefore, it is quite useful to attend such events. It is interesting to observe young people (who are not supposed to use any substances) listening to a lecture about drug and alcohol abuse. It is possible to see individuals who have (or have had) health problems because of drugs and those who still do not understand the danger. Interestingly, the lecturer mentioned group thinking. Such lectures can be a good illustration of the group thinking. I would recommend attending such kind of event as it can be very helpful. It is possible to observe people’s reaction on different types of information (statistics, personal experiences). It is also possible to see reaction of those who can become addicts and those who will not use drugs or alcohol. Thus, it is possible to state that attending this kind of lecture can be a very useful experience.
IonaCollegeVideos. (2011). A Little Reality Check on “Drugs” – Paul Chabot. YouTube.