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Substance Abuse

Teachers are People Too: Substance Abuse in the Education Field

Now, more than ever, teachers need to be appreciated for their dedication. Teachers are the foundation for students’ development towards becoming successful, educated adults. That is a great burden to take on, and many teachers who enjoy their jobs nevertheless find themselves stressed.

There are also many teachers who dislike their jobs, for reasons such as low pay or long hours. According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2011, teachers worked more than 52 hours a week. These hours were spent on instruction lesson prep, tutoring, and grading school work. To make matter worse, 65% of teachers say that public school teachers’ salaries are NOT fair for the work they do and the effort they put into educating the next generation.

Teachers, like any person, have a greater potential to adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drugs or alcohol when stressed or unhappy. Alcoholism begins with the bad habit of having a couple of beers to unwind after a long and stressful day. When that becomes the only means of distressing for teachers because that is the only time you have, they put their health and career in danger.

Understanding the factors which cause teachers to be stressed, and the resources available to help them be happy and healthy, are important to their continued success in molding the minds of students.