8 becoming allies to ourselves

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  • Ask the group to turn to Exercise 18 “Self-Destructive Behavior”
  • Addiction is a medical term meaning that a person is preoccupied by thoughts of using a drug; Sometimes or often loses control when intoxicated; and relapses_that is, returns to using-after attempting to abstain from or give up drugs for good.
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  • Not all use of alcohol and other drugs is substance abuse. Not every drug user is an addict. Some drugs are used by nonaddicts in moderation as medicine, to celebrate events, or as part of traditional rituals.
  • Give Exercise 20 Taking Care of Myself
  • 8 becoming allies to ourselves

    1. 1. Becoming Allies to Ourselves
    2. 2. Check in <ul><li>What does it mean to take out our anger on ourselves? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Self-Destructive Behavior <ul><li>Intense feelings-especially when caused by violence, pain, being alone or being forced to stay in the Good Girl Box can be overwhelming and can lead to feel hopeless. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes this leads to self-destructive behaviors such as anorexia and bulimia </li></ul>
    4. 4. What are some other ways girls can be self destructive? <ul><li>Nicotine </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol & Other substance abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Unsafe sexual activity </li></ul><ul><li>Dangerous physical activity (driving recklessly, endangering one’s life) </li></ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul>
    5. 5. Using Drugs to Numb Feelings <ul><li>How have you felt in the past when adults have talked with you about drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the drugs you know of that people use to numb their feelings or to help them get through the day? </li></ul>
    6. 6. In Pairs Discuss… What do girls gain and what do they lose when they use alcohol and other drugs to numb their pain?
    7. 7. The Effects of Drug Addiction and Abuse <ul><li>What does it mean to be addicted to a drug? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know anyone in your family or community who is addicted to a drug? Which drug? How has it affected her or him? </li></ul><ul><li>How might being stoned make a young woman more vulnerable to violence? </li></ul><ul><li>What drugs are being used in your community? Where do they come from? Who makes money from their sale and use? What effects does drug abuse have on the community you live in? </li></ul>
    8. 9. The Cost of Drug Addiction and Abuse <ul><li>Individual Cost? </li></ul><ul><li>Community Cost? </li></ul>
    9. 10. Questions… <ul><li>Do you know people who use alcohol or other drugs to celebrate? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever used drugs to celebrate? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there other ways in which you have seen drugs used? (in religious ceremonies, for healing) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the difference between use and abuse of drugs in these circumstances? </li></ul>
    10. 11. Taking Care of Ourselves <ul><li>The opposite of numbing pain, being self-destructive, or abusing drugs is taking care of ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Because the world can sometimes be a harsh place, we need to be kind and gentle to ourselves. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Check-Out <ul><li>Name one way in which you could take care of yourself a little better than you have been. </li></ul>

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