Is substance use affecting your relationships?

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 10, 2019 • By Health and Wellness Services Making connections with others is an important part of the university experience. Drinking alcohol or using other drugs are sometimes seen as a vehicle for socializing*. It’s helpful to consider how these might impact the relationships you want to have.Alcohol and other drugs modify our moods and our behavior. They can cause some people to feel less inhibited or to respond differently to social cues and situations. If you choose to use them, you’re going to feel different than you do when you are not under the influence, and you may do things you otherwise wouldn’t. Whether it’s not thinking clearly or acting in ways that may be harmful to yourself or others, there are sometimes adverse outcomes from substance use.  A student shares: Substance use and relationships Sara**, a senior here at CU, knows firsthand how substances took a toll on her friendship and how that same friendship helped her to make a change in her life. When she was using alcohol and other drugs, she says, “I was really mean there for a couple months…my brain wasn’t functioning well, I wasn’t eating well, I wasn’t drinking water, I would snap at others and push them away…it wasn’t me.”While she was using substances, she was erratic and not being the person she knew herself to be.Checking in with a friendSara’s friend noticed these behaviors and recognized there might be a bigger problem. “You’ve been really isolated recently…and I’m really worried about you,” she said.Having her friend reach out helped Sara feel supported in making a change. She now feels healthier and more connected on a path of recovery. “It’s strengthened our relationship [to have her] there and supporting me the whole way,” she says.Reflecting on how substance use impacts us and our relationships is a good way to explore whether there’s a problem. It can be helpful to think about actions in terms of values—do our friends’ actions align with the person we know they are? Does how you act align with who you want to be? How do you feel after an experience involving alcohol or other drugs?If the answers to these questions suggest someone is living outside of his or her values, it might be a sign something needs to be addressed.It’s also good to consider how often people may be using substances, or if they have difficulty stopping. If someone’s plans seem to always revolve around using or getting alcohol or other drugs it might be time to explore the free support resources and opportunities for CU students.Free resources and social options for studentsFor social opportunities that can help someone to make connections or explore interests that don’t involve substance use, check out the student organizations with the Center for Student Involvement, the Rec Center’s Outdoor Program or CU SoberBuffs. Check out the Fri-Yay Nights, a weekly event series where people can make connections and build community while attending a variety of events.If you’d like to talk to someone about helping a friend or yourself with substance use, peer mentors, free support meetings and recovery, coaches are available through the CU Collegiate Recovery Center, located in UMC 414.Counselors also are available through Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) in C4C N352, or you can drop by for an informal consultation at one of CAPS’ Let’s Talk locations across campus. CAPS also offers a Relationship Hacks workshop where students can learn skills around interpersonal relationships.Health Promotion also offers a variety of classes to support students as they reflect on their relationship with substance use.*It is illegal to consume alcohol or marijuana under the age of 21, to use prescription drugs if you are not the prescription-holder or to use other illegal substances.**Name changed to protect privacy.Categories:SafetyCampus Communitylast_img read more

School launches investigation, issues apology, after black student says she was racially-profiled

first_imgWCVB(NEW YORK) — A black college student is speaking out after a campus employee called the police on her to report seeing someone who appeared to be “out of place.”Oumou Kanoute, a student at Smith College working as a teaching assistant and residential adviser, was eating lunch in a dorm common area on July 31 when an officer with the Northampton Police Department approached her.“I did nothing wrong, I wasn’t making any noise or bothering anyone. All I did was be black,” Kanoute wrote on Facebook. “It’s outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a women of color.”Videos of the incident recorded by Kanoute captured audio of her interaction with the responding officer. In one video, Kanoute can be heard explaining to the officer that she was on a break and relaxing in the common area.“No students of color should have to explain why they belong at prestigious white institutions,” Kanoute wrote.In an interview with ABC affiliate WCVB, Kanoute said she felt she needed to speak up.“If you see the video, I was really calm, but on the inside I wasn’t calm. I was terrified,” Kanoute said. “Hopefully you don’t have to go through that, but if you do, just be strong, be smart and just use your phone in case anything happens to you.”Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College, addressed the incident and publicly apologized to Kanoute.“I begin by offering the student involved my deepest apology that this incident occurred and to assure her that she belongs in all Smith spaces,” McCartney wrote in a letter to the college. “This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their daily lives.”In response to the incident all staff members at the college will be required to participate in anti-bias training beginning this fall, McCartney wrote.The college has also hired an independent party to investigate the incident, according to school officials. Once the investigation concludes, the university said it will determine if the employee involved will be sanctioned.No police report was filed in the incident, as the officer found the complaint to be unfounded. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Kanoute did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cyprus a step closer to reunification talks

first_imgTalks on the reunification of Cyprus could restart as early as next week, as Greek and Turkish Cypriots inch closer to a joint statement concerning how a settlement might be approached.The intention is to record areas of agreement so that negotiators can focus on refugee return, property restitution, governance arrangements, and other issues that scuppered earlier talks to end the 40-year division of the island. But while the Greek Cypriots, led by President Nicos Anastasiades, want the statement to address the substance of a settlement, the leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Dervis Eroglu, has been reluctant to accept such a document because it might prejudge the outcome of negotiations.“The negotiating mandate is almost half of the problem,” an official involved in the talks said. The two sides have been working on a text for more than three months. The chief negotiators, Greek Cypriot Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot Osman Ertug, visited Brussels this week for informal talks with EU policymakers. Negotiations stalled last year and were suspended altogether ahead of the election that brought the pro-settlement Anastasiades to power in February. Anastasiades fought hard for the last reunification plan, brokered by Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the UN at the time, but the plan was rejected by Greek Cypriots in a referendum immediately before the Greek part of the island joined the EU in May 2004.“Anastasiades has an incredibly progressive view on the conflict and its settlement,” said Hugh Pope, an analyst with the International Crisis Group in Istanbul. “His position is conceptually very close to the Turkish [Cypriot] position, but there’s a huge gap of trust, especially between the Greek Cypriots and Turkey.”The two sides agree on the principle that Cyprus should become a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with single international personality and single citizenship.Alexander Downer, the UN envoy for the Cyprus talks, is scheduled to spend next week in Nicosia. An official involved in preparations for the talks suggested that a statement might be finalised in time for a meeting that would allow Downer and the two community leaders – Anastasiades and Eroglu – formally to relaunch settlement talks. The two leaders held an informal meeting last week (25 November), reportedly without much success.last_img read more

Foodborne Disease Scan for Jun 04, 2014

first_imgIowa egg company fined $6.8 million over 2010 Salmonella outbreakIowa egg producer Quality Egg LLC, which sold Salmonella-contaminated eggs linked to a massive outbreak in 2010, agreed to pay a $6.8 million fine after pleading guilty yesterday to misdemeanor charges, according to media reports.Tens of thousands of people were sickened in the outbreak, which began in the late summer of 2010, and upwards of 550 million eggs were recalled. The company reportedly sold tainted eggs for about 8 months beginning in January 2010, says a USA Today story.The newspaper said the company pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a public official (a US Department of Agriculture inspector given cash to allow the sale of tainted eggs), one count of introducing misbranded (false processing and expiration dates) food into interstate commerce with intent to defraud, and one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.In addition, the company owners, Austin (Jack) DeCoster, of Turner, Maine, and his son Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa, each pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, the story said.Prosecutors in the case said that although there was no evidence that the DeCosters knew their company was selling contaminated products, they are responsible for its activities. The men could be sentenced to serve jail time of up to 1 year, pay fines of $100,000 each, and provide additional restitution for victims, says an Associated Press (AP) story. Jun 3 USA Today storyJun 4 AP story Two Salmonella strains cited in chia-linked outbreaks in US, CanadaA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update yesterday says 17 cases of illness caused by two strains of Salmonella, all of them linked to eating organic chia seed powder, have now been reported in 10 states. The case count is up by 5 since May 29.The strains involved are Salmonella Newport, responsible for 12 cases reported earlier, and Salmonella Hartford, blamed for 5 more. The latter matches the strain recently identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as the cause in 5 of 9 cases of salmonellosis there that are also linked to chia seed powder; Salmonella Newport was responsible for the other 4. The CDC and PHAC are collaborating on investigating the outbreak.Two ill persons in the US outbreak have required hospitalization, as has one in Canada. Illness-onset dates ranged from Jan 21 to May 5, and patient ages range from 4 to 81 years. The update notes that illnesses after May 16 may not yet have been reported.California-based Navitas Naturals recalled products containing organic sprouted chia seed late in May. This followed a recall by Ontario-basedAdvantage Health Matters of products called Organic Traditions and Back 2 the Garden. Consumers are warned by the CDC not to eat the products, which are available in numerous stores and online and have a long shelf life. Jun 3 CDC update Jun 2 CIDRAP News item on Canadian illnesseslast_img read more

Indians Send Three Players to Minor League Camp to Put Roster at 41 Players

first_imgThe Indians Spring Training roster is now down to 41 after a couple roster moves on Sunday to send a couple players down to Minor league camp.The team reassigned outfielder Brandon Barnes, catcher Tim Federowicz and infielder Michael Freeman to Minor League camp.Barnes in 14 games was hitting .185 with three homers and five runs batted in for the team, Federowicz this spring has hit .313 in 11 games with a homer and two RBI. Freeman hit .222 in five games with a run batted in. Related TopicsBrandon BarnesMichael FreemanTim Federowicz Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Not so fast cordcutters_cable’s not going anywhere

first_imgNEW YORK | Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?FILE – This May 30, 2007 file photo shows a cable box on top of a television in Philadelphia. Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. But cutting the cord won’t mean cutting out your cable provider, and some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Well, don’t sound the death knell for cable companies yet.Some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. Stations that offer services a la carte will have to pay for marketing that the cable and satellite companies usually cover. Fewer eyeballs on live TV could mean less advertising revenue, since online ads are generally cheaper, and that will boost the network’s cost of running the channel. And smooth streaming costs money: to avoid so-called “throttling” during peak evening viewing times, Netflix buckled to broadband distributors like Comcast and Verizon and paid up so that its streaming service would run at a higher bandwidth and work more smoothly. Those added costs might be passed on to customers.And for all those cable haters out there, sorry: Cutting the cord won’t mean cutting out your cable provider. They often own some of your favorite channels (Comcast owns NBC Universal, parent of Bravo and USA) and in most areas they are the gatekeepers to the Internet. Offering popular channels like HBO over streaming could actually help cable companies sell more expensive broadband services to customers.“The cable business is evolving from mainly selling you a pay TV package to mainly selling you a broadband Internet service,” says FBR Research analyst Barton Crockett. “Content companies and cable companies are evolving from being very worried about making their content available through Internet services to very excited about that. It’s a way to sell their Internet and get people to pay for faster speeds.”The cable and satellite television industry is going through major consolidation, to mitigate the higher cost each year of carriage fees that the networks charge for their channels and boost pricing power. Comcast Corp. is in the process of buying Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45 billion, which would make it by far the largest TV and broadband provider. AT&T Inc. is planning to buy satellite service DirecTV for $48.5 billion. Both are under regulatory review; customers complain such deals would create monopolies that would hijack choice.Meanwhile, pay-TV subscriptions have flatlined at about 101 million, according to data from research firm SNL Kagan. The number of high-speed Internet subscribers rose about 1 percent during the same period to 90.1 million. By comparison, pay-TV nemesis Netflix Inc. has about 37.2 million U.S. subscribers and expects to add 1.85 million during the final months of this year.The growth in streaming services will appeal “to a segment of consumers that the traditional pay-TV providers have a harder and harder time communicating with: the millennials and so called ‘cord-nevers’” who haven’t viewed Pay TV as a compelling option until now,” says MoffettNathanson partner Craig Moffett. In fact, HBO said its stand-alone HBO Go service is largely aimed at the 10 million U.S. households that have broadband Internet service but do not pay for TV.So as more channels start to offer a la carte services, cable providers will shift to focus on their broadband services, Moffett thinks.“Cable companies will become increasingly reliant on broadband, and gradually evolve their business models to be less and less video-centric and more broadband-centric over time,” he said. That leaves satellite pay-TV companies like DirecTV and Dish Network Inc., which have no broadband capability, as the “odd man out,” he said.Cable companies say they want to offer customers more choice, and if customers want to go online, they plan to be a part of that transaction.“The overwhelming majority of our customers prefer to access video content via digital cable bundles for convenience, service quality and value of the total package, but cable broadband provides the fastest and most reliable connection to online content for those who choose to access it,” says Todd Smith, spokesman for Cox Communications, which offers cable and broadband to 6 million customers.Other cable and satellite services did not respond to a request for comment or declined to comment.last_img read more