Living Drug Free Lesson 21
Objectives • Define substance abuse and recognize the health risks involved • Identify the various stages of chemical dependency • Analyze the harmful physical, mental, social and legal consequences related to drug use • Identify situation in which peer pressure to engage others in drug abuse • Practice strategies for preventing drug use involvement, such as refusal skills and wise decision making
Did you know? • Illegal drugs never become a part of most kids’ lives • 58% of high school students have never tried marijuana • Over 90% of high school student never tried cocaine • NOT ‘everybody’s doing it’
Make a Commitment • First step to staying drug free is making a commitment to avoid drugs • Stay away from places where drugs are likely to be used • Protective factors in your life can help to support you in your goal to be drug free • Being drug free shows the strength of your values and demonstrates good character and respect for yourself and others
Practice • Practice refusal skills • Know what you would do or say if someone offered you drugs • Remind yourself of the harmful effects drugs can have you your lifestyle • Also remember you do not need to apologize for your convictions!!
Strategies for Preventing Drug Use • School Efforts • Drug free school zones: areas within 1,000 feet of schools within which people caught selling drugs receive especially severe penalties • Community Efforts • Drug watches: organized community efforts by neighborhood residents to patrol, monitor, report, and otherwise try to stop drug deals and drug abuse • Seek out healthier ways to cope with day to day problems other than turning to drugs • Get involved in school or the community • Choose friends who value your drug free lifestyle • Find a hobby that you enojoy
Becoming Drug Free • If you or a friend are already involved in drugs, it is never to late to get help • Sources of help • Counseling • Support groups • Treatment centers • Support from parents, guardians, school counselors, family doctors
Treatment Centers • Outpatient Drug Free Treatment • Usually does not involve medications • Individual and group counseling • Short-Term Treatment • Can include residential, medication, and outpatient therapies • Maintenance Therapy • Intended for heroin addicts, this treatment usually includes medication therapy • Therapeutic Communities • Residences for people with a long history of drug abuse • Highly structured programs that usually last from 6 to 12 months