Substance abuse is the abuse of drugs or alcohol for a long period of time. When someone is affected by substance abuse they don’t know how to conduct themselves in public. In America, the most widely used drug is Alcohol. Most people have an experience with alcohol earlier than the age of 13. Alcohol and drugs also affect students in college. 28 percent of college dropouts are alcohol users. Marijuana and prescribed drugs are commonly abused by college students. The abuse of drugs has a terrible effect on college students psychologically and physically.
The psychologically effect drugs has on a person tends to be permanent. The main signs of psychological effects of drugs in college students are depression, anxiety and paranoia. With most students the use of a drug increases the tolerance for the drug and it takes larger amounts to get high. When the high is not achievable it can lead to depression. Drugs also make students paranoid. The excessive use of marijuana and cocaine can lead make one paranoid. And anxiety occurs when the drug users becomes unable to focus on a task or responsibility for too long without getting distracted.
This is also the reason people lose their jobs because of the lack of focus in the work place. The physically effects of drugs are worst because people notice them right away. The most common physical change you notice when someone is under the influence is sudden weight loss or weight gain. You can also notice different sleep patterns, blood shot red eyes, unusual smells on their body or breath and impaired coordination. Students under drug use also show behavioral problems while under drug abuse.
The behavioral problems are usually drop in attendance in school, need for extra financial assistance, sudden change in friends/hobbies and getting into trouble/fights. In college, students go through the many phases of pressure. Most people try to do things to feel cool and popular. The people that do try the drugs continue to do it and just get used to the feeling of the drug in their body. Others students try drugs because they are stressed and overwhelmed and they don’t they know any other way to cope but then to get high.
Man campuses offer a free counselor that they can talk to help them with their problems. Most college campuses are “dry campus” and don’t allow alcohol or drugs on campus. When students are caught with these substances there are many different outcomes. Some schools automatically kick the student out and others give the student the opportunity to make it right. I’ve personally have gotten caught smoking marijuana on my college campus. The experience I had to go through wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I don’t really have a reason as for why I was smoking marijuana.
In my case I was lucky enough not to get kicked out of school and was given a second chance but being put on disciplinary probation. I now know the serious effects of drugs and what and addiction or drug abuse can do to me. Drug abuse affects a lot of college students for a long period of time and I wouldn’t want that to happen to me because I know I do have a bright future. My mother didn’t send me to college to get caught up in the college life she sent me to school for one reason and that is to get a proper education and make something out of my life.
In conclusion, after typing this essay I know that the path of drug abuse is not the path I want to go down. Getting all the facts together and understand what really happens I know that I can’t continue the use of marijuana. I also know that if I feel like that I’m over whelmed and stress there is a school counselor that is more than willing to talk to me and hear what I’m going through and help me make the best decisions for my life.
Health and Social Justice and SNAP Enrollment
We have all probably been exposed to some form of social injustice or justice in our lives. For some it may have been a direct and very personal experience, for others it may have been through older family members, and for others it may have been through reading or watching current events. In this assignment, we will critically think about the role or influence that social justice has played in our lives.
Your TasksTASK 1
Please answer the following prompt:
What was your understanding of social justice in the context of health prior to reading this week’s material? 5 points
How has this understanding changed? 5 points
How have you seen health inequities (or general inequities) within your community? 10 points
Assignment 2Your TasksFor this assignment you will be placing yourself in the position of someone who is wanting to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
First, you will create a fictional applicant. You will need to consider the following before trying to go through the enrollment process:
Number of individuals in the household, including children, spouses, and elderly parents.
Whether the applicant is enrolled in any other supplemental services or is receiving other financial support.
Job status/annual income
You will be comparing SNAP enrollment pages for 2 different US states. One of the states must be California. Once you have decided on the other state, go to their enrollment pages [you will be finding this on your own…after all, most people don’t have an instructor telling them what to do ;)].
Begin the SNAP enrollment process. Make sure to keep track of what answers you put for each question asked.
**IMPORTANT** Stop when you get to the “Tell us about yourself section”. We are not creating a real account for this assignment!!!
Answer the following reflection questions for this assignment (point values included in bold):
How easy or difficult was it to find the enrollment page in each state? 5 points
How easy or difficult was it to enroll for SNAP benefits in each state? Consider factors such as health and computer literacy. 5 points
In your opinion, would you recommend someone enrolling online in each of these states? Why or why not? 5 points
Describe any other thoughts that you had as you were completing the enrollment process. 5 points