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Drug Addiction

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Stacy: Hey, Brandon.

Brandon: Yeah.

Stacy: Um . . . Um . . .

Brandon: What?

Stacy: Well, I need to talk to you, and I'm not really sure how to do it. It's kind of difficult, but I kind of, I need to talk to you about something.

Brandon: Alright. Go ahead.

Stacy: Okay. You know, Stephanie. [Yeah.] You're dating my sister, right? Stephanie. [Yeah, yeah.] Um, I think she's back on drugs.

Brandon: What do you mean? I, I know she had a problem in the past, but she told me that that was over.

Stacy: Well, that's what she says, but you know, I know my sister pretty well; I think I know her better than just about anyone else, and I know you guys have talked about getting married soon, and [Yeah] . . . I'm pretty sure she's using drugs again, and you really need to, you need to know this . . . you really need to face the facts, and you're going to have to deal with this now.

Brandon: So, but, I . . . again, how do you know?

Stacy: She's doing some of the same stuff, you know, um, like. Well, like. Listen, you know. Um, you've noticed she's been skipping work lately?

Brandon: Well, she said she's been having some health problems, so I just figured it was that.

Stacy: No, no, no. She's not. [ Are you sure? ] Yeah. It's, it's more than that. Like, a month ago, she asked me to lend her a thousand bucks to fix her car.

Brandon: Wow. Man. Um, I mean, she didn't tell me anything like that. I mean, her car is running fine, I think.

Stacy: Yeah, I know, it is. It's running fine. [ Oh, great. ] Exactly. She's lying a lot now, and she's, you know, she's trying to hide it, and she's good at hiding it.

Brandon: And, I let her borrow my car a couple days ago, and I had fifty bucks in there, and when the car came back, it was gone. She's . . . I don't know how else it could have disappeared. [ Man. I can't belive this. ] I'm pretty sure she stole it.

Stacy: I know. Um, but she's hiding things, and she hides things from us, and okay, for example, like last week. I saw her with the two cell phones, and when I checked the texts on the one phone . . . .

Brandon: Wait, wait. Two phones? What do you mean?

Stacy: . . . .Yeah, umm.

Brandon: She only has one.

Stacy: No, she's got at least two phones, and when I checked the one phone, I saw some texts, and she was talking about, um, um, some drugs and needing to meet up with someone to buy them.

Brandon: Ah, man.

Stacy: I'm sorry, Brandon, um, I . . . we need to, we need to confront her on this. You need to confront her on this.

Brandon: I don't know how to do this. I mean . . . yeah, I don't know.

Stacy: I know, but you've got to. You, you can't . . . the . . . you know, you've got to do this if you want to try to hope that there's going to be anything to this relationship. It's, it's much better to talk to her openly about this now, cause, I promise you, the problems will just escalate, so . . .

Brandon: But, she might blow up.

Stacy: She might, but hey, wait, listen. Why don't you guys come over for dinner and we can talk about it together? You know, um . . .

Brandon: I just don't know.

Stacy: I know, and you're right, she might blow up, but if you don't do anything, I promise the problems are just going to get bigger. She's probably going to end up losing her job, she's probably going to get arrested, and she might even die.

Brandon: Man, you're probably right. I have to think about this and how to approach her. Alright. Let, let me thing about it, and I'll call you. [ Okay. ] Alright, thanks.

Stacy: Alright. Bye, Brandon.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • face the facts (verb): come face to face with something difficult
    - Let's face the facts. Your brother has a real substance abuse problem.

  • figure (verb): believe or conclude
    - I figure that that drug rehab is going to take a lot of time and money to be successful.

  • buck (noun): informal for dollar
    - I'm not going to lend you a single buck to support your bad habit.

  • run (verb): function or operate
    - This flashlight runs on AAA batteries.

  • contront (verb): come face to face with something difficult
    - My parents contronted me about the drugs they found in the car.

  • escalate (verb): grow bigger, intensify
    - Drug use has escalated in some schools across the nation.

  • blow up (verb): suddenly get angry
    - My wife blew up when she found cigarrettes in our daughter's bedroom.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]


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