LifeFacts: Substance Abuse

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“Worked well with students.” Lisa Wilson, Psychologist

This edition of LifeFacts Social Skills Activities provides lessons about the dangers of substance abuse and chemical dependency. 19 lessons devoted to the dangers of substance abuse.

Educating students about the indiscriminate use of drugs is a critical step toward abuse prevention. Provide students with basic drug awareness information essential for learning the “refusal skills” needed for coping with the invasion of drugs. Include lessons about drugs in daily living situations including at home, in school, or in the community. Teach the “facts of life” about the dangers of substance abuse and chemical dependency. But most of all, teach students how to avoid drugs!

This program presents basic information on chemical dependency and the dangers associated with substance abuse in 19 comprehensive lessons. It clearly identifies substances with the potential for abuse, and the dangerous effects of each including the destructive impact on family and work. The program explores the symptoms of addiction and effective use of treatment programs. Over one third of the program is devoted to developing “refusal skills” so students will learn self-assertion strategies that work.

The Sequenced Curriculum Guide and follow-up lesson worksheets keep your students on task. Pretest and post-tests help you identify needs and measure growth. The LifeFacts: Substance Abuse curriculum provides all the essential information and tools you need for instructing individuals with special needs about the dangers of substance abuse.

Part 1: Medicinal Drugs

This section covers introductory material regarding drug terminology and general safe/unsafe medication practices. Deceptive media messages related to the use of tobacco and alcohol are also presented.

Part 2: Illicit Drugs

This section presents facts and information on the leading drugs of abuse: tobacco, alcohol, cocaine/crack and marijuana.

Part 3: Abuse Prevention

This section highlights prevention of substance abuse. Students are taugh how to say “no” to drugs in various contexts, and that the best prevention of addiction is a “no first use” approach.

Part 4: Additional Information for Teacher Reference

The last section provides teachers with additional information on: stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants and narcotics. More detailed information concerning treatment options and hints for detecting drug use in others is provided. The legal aspects of selling and buying drugs are also discussed.


 
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