I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:
Q/A: What does Addiction and Diarrhea have in common?
Definition: Diarrhea is when you have an URGENT need to have a bowel movement. In other words, you CAN’T control this. There is NO mind over matter. Your body is telling you, find a bathroom NOW.
Definition: Addiction is repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. There is NO mind over matter. Your body is telling you, I WANT it.
TEACHER NOTE: I never fully appreciated or could relate to what addiction meant until I read a book entitled Alcohol, A Love Story. There was a story (found on page 54) where a very disappointed Mother complaining to her long time alcoholic son (who had been to rehab several times) that he had not exerted enough WILL POWER to stop his drinking. His response was “Mother, the next time you have diarrhea, try controlling THAT.”
I knew the definition of addiction. I knew that people who are addicted go to rehab and still relapse time after time. I just didn’t fully understand addiction until that story. That story rang a loud bell in my head. If you have ever had diarrhea or food poisoning, you know you can’t control THAT. Your only hope is to delay THAT while you frantically find a bathroom and then wait in line. At a certain point, restraint is over and you have no control. Potential humiliation. For me, the story was an excellent, illustration that connected the words addiction (in this case alcohol), with the psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a drug, activity or substance. The best way to not be addicted is to not play with _________ or _________ . You can fill in the blank.
Alcoholics can’t control how much they drink. They can’t have just one drink. They can’t go to a party and drink a coca cola while everyone else is drinking beer, wine or shots. They drink until. . . .
Other addictions: gambling, drugs, pornography, internet, shopping, video games , plastic surgery, binge eating disorder etc.
I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A. I use it for: