Friday, February 14, 2020

Signs Your Teenager May Be Using Drugs

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Teen drug use is as frightening for parents as it is dangerous to the kids themselves. If you’re worried that your child might be struggling with substance abuse, you need to know the signs as soon as possible. An online drug and alcohol course might offer in-depth information, but here are a few things to look out for in your teen’s life:

Paraphernalia - Privacy is important, and you want your children to trust you. Even so, searching their belonging for drugs or related items could save them from slipping deeper into dangerous behavior.

Major Stressors -- Often, teen drug and alcohol use is related to pressures in their lives. From the death of a loved one to a significant move, it’s always a good idea to monitor your child’s emotional state around big life changes and sources of stress.

Secrecy -- If your teen doesn’t want you to know what they’re up to, it might not mean they’re using drugs. Combined with other signs like sketchy friend groups or major behavior changes, though, it could be a good indicator. The best thing you can do is try to talk to them about it and why it’s important for you to be involved in their life.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Free Courses Available from AIC. American Integrity Courses

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Moving past a legal offense is already difficult. Taking the courses you need to comply with a judge’s orders shouldn’t make it even harder. At AIC. American Integrity Courses, we give you the opportunity to complete court-ordered classes online, freeing up your schedule and letting you make positive steps forward. Best of all, some of our offerings are free, including:

  • 1-Hour HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Drinking and Driving Victim’s Impact Panel
  • Domestic Violence Victim’s Impact Panel

Each course covers the topic in-depth while still respecting your time and attention. No matter the reason for the court’s decision, we make sure you have an option that lets you move on with your life and focus on making improvements for the future.

What Our Courses Cover

Our HIV/AIDS awareness class breaks down important facts and statistics about these diseases and their treatment options. Knowing about transmission, symptoms, and other key elements can help you keep yourself and others safe. As for our victim’s impact panels, they fill the vital role of helping you understand the consequences of your mistakes. This is important for your own growth, but it also shows the court that you’re willing to do the reparative work necessary to avoid harsher punishments.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Have You Developed Unhealthy Anger Coping Mechanisms?

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As we go about our daily lives, there certainly plenty of things to get mad about. Traffic. Children. Work. Bills. And, people do get enraged about these things and often have problems in coping with that anger. Too often, people deal with anger by not dealing with it.  Perhaps, they take it out on others, such as family members, rather than their boss. Maybe, they bury it deep inside until it just bursts forth. Or, they just pretend it doesn’t exist.

When someone doesn’t have healthy ways of coping with rage, that emotion may erupt in violence towards others. And when these situations come to the attention of law enforcement, the individual may have to enroll in court-ordered anger management classes.

Courses That Teach Coping Skills
Although you might not want to take the course, you may find yourself benefitting from insight into the issue, as well as learning coping mechanisms. To satisfy the court requirements, you do have an online option. AIC. American Integrity Courses provides convenient and affordable anger management classes in the privacy of your home. Most court systems accept our classes as meeting the required criteria. Reach out to us to sign up for your course.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

How Domestic Violence Classes Can Help You

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Domestic violence is a serious problem that tears families apart. The statistics are shocking. More than 10 million women and men are the victims of this crime or misdemeanor each year. That’s 20 people every minute in the United States. It is the practice when these cases come to court for a judge to order the guilty party to seek education that teaches them how to deal with the issues. You have two options -- a regular classroom or court-approved domestic violence classes online.

Take Your Court-Ordered Course Online
You can take a class in the community where you live, or you can opt for the convenience and confidentiality of an online course. An online course is ideal for busy people because they can fit it into their schedules when they have time. It also allows individuals to proceed at their own pace. An online course gives you all the benefits of sitting in a conventional classroom without having to leave your home.

When the court has ordered you to take a domestic violence class, you are required to take this course or face additional charges or jail time. And, such a course is designed to provide you with the practical advice you need to break the cycle of violence. A company that offers such online courses is AIC. American Integrity Courses. Call or email us to register for a class.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Know What Can Trigger Domestic Violence Attacks

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Violent episodes between intimate partners are serious offenses--and people who are convicted of them may need to take court-approved domestic violence classes online or through an approved institution. The abuser can face criminal charges, and the victim can experience emotional trauma. To understand violence and abuse in relationships, it is important to analyze the causes of domestic violence. In this article, we will briefly talk about the possible causes of domestic violence.

For a very long time, it was assumed that alcohol and substance abuse were a leading cause of violent domestic disputes. Alcohol can impair judgment, reduce inhibitions, and increase aggression. However, there is no scientific evidence that abusing drugs is the cause of a violent attack--in many instances; it exacerbates the situation that ultimately leads to an episode.

Another approach to finding the causes had led to researchers interviewing victims and abusers, and recounting the moment before the violence happened. A common strain in these interviews is accusations of sexual infidelity, also known as “cheating,” triggered a violent outburst. The suspicion of cheating sparked arguments, which ultimately led to violence.

Human relationships are complex, and there is never a sole cause of any interaction. Researchers have also discovered that other factors have come into play when analyzing domestic violence. The subjects of violent incidents may also be going through untreated mental health issues, are suffering through drug and alcohol abuse, or have relationship histories that involve infidelity.

Domestic violence is never a comfortable topic--however, it is an important one that requires understanding, discussion, and action. Seek professional guidance if you have concerns about domestic violence.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Tips for Creating an Anger “Time-Out” Plan

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Anger is a natural human emotion. However, it can get out of hand--and not keeping it in control can lead to violent outbursts that can put others in danger. Many court-ordered anger management classes provide people with the tools they need to identify and cope with their anger. Let’s go over some basic tips on how to create an effective response to anger.
First, have a plan before you find yourself in a bad situation. By knowing what to do and where to go in the event your temper gets the better of you, the better off you will be. Think of places near you that can calm you down, as well as activities or exercises you can do there to decompress.
Second, maintain a communicative outlook and let others know when you need to step out to control your anger. It is important to be clear and open about your feelings and your needs. Also, be on the lookout for your “body cues,” like rising heart rate, tension, or body heat. Being honest with yourself and recognizing anger as it happens allows you to remain in control.
When you recognize your anger, politely tell others what is going on and excuse yourself. Explain how you are feeling, own the situation, and make your intentions known. Never take an accusatory tone and mention anyone else. Instead, use “I” statements.
Finally, go to your designated place to cool down, do anger management exercises, and other coping strategies until you calm down. On your return, express gratitude to your group for their patience and understanding.
Remember: a time-out is not an escape. Make sure you return to the situation and have a mind to resolve it constructively. With planning and practice, your anger management strategies will be more effective.