Here is the link to the 20/20 segment on neighbors who behave badly. It highlights some of odd and seemingly bizarre things people do to their neighbors due to poor coping skills and lack of assertive communication.
For those that didn’t know, April is Alcohol Awareness month in the United States as designated by the U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to raise awareness about the problem of alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse affects millions of Americans each year. According to MADD, every 90 seconds someone is involved in a drunk driving related accident. That is scary to me.
The basic problem with alcohol is that it affects our judgement and impulse control. Simply put, we don’t make good decisions when we are intoxicated and we end up behaving in ways we wouldn’t had we been sober. Alcohol also acts as a depressive. It makes us feel more calm and relaxed, but the side effect is that it can become addictive and it doesn’t allow us to really experience our emotions fully.
Most of my clients who experience problems with alcohol say drinking helps then “not deal” with how they are feeling. If they are anxious, angry, sad or feeling some other unpleasant emotion the drinking helps to mask those emotions. What’s the problem with that? The problem is that if one doesn’t learn how to process how they really feel, then becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs become that much easier.
So in the spirit of becoming more educated about alcohol, consider taking a short program online, or attend a few AA classes. You might be surprised at what you learn. Becoming clean from alcohol might open your eyes to becoming closer with family and friends and help the healing process in your life.
Understanding how alcohol and drugs impacts us is serious business. Both children and adults are often misinformed as it relates to understanding the effects of drugs and alcohol. Dr. Ari Novick has put together seveal online programs the educate students about alcohol awareness and drug education. The classes are taught in a online format and are broken down by chapters. The classes are presented in an easy to understand and enjoyable format.
The classes are part of the AJ Novick Group’s online portfolio of classes. These programs are commonly taken for personal growth or for a court or legal requirement, such as a DUI or MIP. The online format works well for a lot of people because the classes can be taken anytime from any location and from any device. Students of these online alcohol awareness programs or drug education classes will walk away with new knowledge about these topics but also learn some new coping skills to better combat issues related to peer pressure and maintaining good stress management skills to stay clean and sober.
The programs come in different lengths, such as 8 hours, 12, 16, 20, 24 and 32. Dr. Novick designed the classes for both the general public, but also for employers and students. For more information, simply visit our website by clicking the link above, or contact Ari Novick, Ph.D. at 949 715-2694
Ari Novick, Ph.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is the president of AJ Novick Group, Inc., which is a agency that provides both distance learning education programs as well as in person psychotherapy, group classes and executive coaching. Ari Novick is the author of several online programs which include courses in anger management, disruptive fan conduct, parenting, alcohol awareness, sexual harassment, and more. Dr. Novick is often sought out as a guest speaker and has been featured in many publications and news outlets.
For more information on Ari Novick or the AJ Novick Group, Inc., please visit their corporate website or call 949-715-2694