Adventist Adventurer Awards/Temperance
Read and discuss I Corinthians 6:19, 20 and I Corinthians 3:17.[edit | edit source]
|1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)|
|19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
|1 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)|
|If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.|
What is meant by “drug” abuse and temperance.[edit | edit source]
There are many good drugs, like penicillin, which have saved many lives; aspirin, which relieves headaches, and drugs that help cure cancer, etc. When someone uses drugs in harmful doses or in ways not prescribed by a doctor it is called drug abuse.
Temperance is moderation, self-control or self-restraint in what someone says or how they act. For example, if you eat just what you need at your meals without going back for second helpings, you are practicing temperance. If you hold yourself back from uttering a sarcastic comment, even though someone may provoke you, you are practicing temperance.
Talk to a doctor/nurse or discuss with an adult the use and effects of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.[edit | edit source]
Drugs and alcohol can cause permanent physical damage to your internal organs, including your heart, your liver, and your brain. The risk of stroke and life-threatening infection also increase dramatically. Your sanity. Addiction leads to serious behavioral problems, including paranoia, aggression, and impulsivity.
Drug and alcohol abuse: it’s risky business
Doing drugs or drinking alcohol can significantly lower your inhibitions. That’s because they target the brain’s reward center by flooding it with dopamine – also known as “the feel-good chemical.” When the brain is overloaded with dopamine, decision-making abilities become severely impaired. Poor judgment leads to risky behavior, and that can put you in serious danger.
A single bad decision fueled by drugs or alcohol can ruin the rest of your life. According to the National Institute of Health, over one million emergency room visits per year involve an illicit drug, and close to five million involve alcohol consumption. These visits include treatment for accidents, injuries, physical illness, and even death, and almost all of them were completely preventable.
The long-term consequences of substance abuse
Those who’ve managed to avoid a major catastrophe while drunk or high may continue abusing drugs and alcohol undeterred. But as tolerance builds, so does dependency. Eventually, you’ll need to consume larger quantities of drugs or alcohol in order to achieve the same euphoric feelings. Abstinence causes withdrawal, and suddenly, you’re caught in the midst of a full-blown addiction cycle.
Over time, substance abuse slowly chips away at:[edit | edit source]
- Your health. Drugs and alcohol can cause permanent physical damage to your internal organs, including your heart, your liver, and your brain. The risk of stroke and life-threatening infection also increase dramatically.
- Your sanity. Addiction leads to serious behavioral problems, including paranoia, aggression, and impulsivity. It can also lead to lasting changes in the function of your brain, permanently altering your brain chemistry and damaging your memory.
- Your relationships. Consistent poor decision-making can have a devastating effect on your relationships, isolating you from friends and family members.
- Your finances. Addiction often interferes with performance at work, and many addicts suffer job losses from their inability to focus and complete assignments. The constant struggle to pay for drugs and alcohol can eventually lead to financial ruin.
Watch and discuss a film or video on the dangers of using any of the above.[edit | edit source]
Tell why some people choose to smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs. Tell how we can choose not to use them ourselves.[edit | edit source]
Plan a skit or play encouraging others to say “NO” and perform it with your group.[edit | edit source]
Design an antismoking, antidrug, anti-alcohol slogan and paint it on a T-shirt.[edit | edit source]
Create a poster or illustration showing the dangers of drug abuse.[edit | edit source]
Identify two famous people or athletes who are the best in their area and tell why they do not use tobacco, drugs or alcohol.[edit | edit source]
Interview two people you know who live happily and healthfully without using tobacco, drugs or alcohol, and discuss with them their reasons for being temperate.[edit | edit source]
External Resources[edit | edit source]
Wise Owl'S Drug Safety Kit 2/ - Youtube Video: Is that good for me?
Wise Owl'S Drug Safety Kit 1/ - Youtube Video: What are Drugs?