High School Programs

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High school Program

Our goal is to engage as many students as possible in the discussion of SUD, addiction and the heroin/opioid epidemic .

Everyone Has a Role in the Addiction Epidemic

The entire community has a role in the opioid epidemic. Our goal is to provide a forum that invites students to actively participate in the discussion about substance use disorders (SUDs) and the opioid/heroin epidemic. Rather than using scare tactics and focusing on abstinence only, we present statistics and question the audience to determine how the school measures up to the national data. This forum allows a non-judgmental discussion among students and prompts them to recognize that every single person, ranging from those who are using and perhaps addicted to those who never have used, has a role in the epidemic.

Our unique approach brings awareness to the students that each and every one of them has a role in the epidemic. This creates empathy and compassion for the problem, and builds a sense community among the students. Additionally, in recognizing that many students may already be experimenting or even addicted, our forum allows for harm reduction and treatment discussions.

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PROGRAM OUTLINE

  1. Opening: We introduce one or two life examples, such as a young adult in recovery whose story is compelling and demonstrates the slip into addiction. We may also have a parent or sibling of a loved one who is addicted or whose life was lost, showing the struggles families face.
  2. Acknowledging the Problem: We present some national statistics about drug use and have the student body identify how their school compares. We do this with simple question and answer, and hand raising activities which students enjoy. As students answer questions we hand out candy rewards that, like a fortune cookie, include information on addiction and ways to help with the epidemic.
  3. Roles: We identify the following categories; every single person in the room will fall into one of these categories.
    • Doesn’t use drugs now and never encounters them socially.
    • Doesn’t use drugs now but encounters them socially.
    • Uses recreationally now.
    • Uses now and is possibly addicted.
    • Is in recovery.
    • Has a family member or friend addicted or in recovery.
  1. Identifying these categories engages the entire student body in our discussions; all students can see where they fit into this epidemic. They can engage openly in the discussion without feeling guilty or having the inclination to withdraw because “none of this applies to me.” It gives students who may be struggling with SUD suggestions of how to get help and it gives students who may be struggling with a family member or friend’s drug use a way to deal with those challenges.
  2. Actions: We give the students ideas and strategies about how they can make a positive impact on the epidemic no matter which category they fall into.
  3. Closing: We close with summarizing some of the truths learned during the assembly and identifying some of the action items we developed during the course of the assembly.

 

OTHER OPTIONS 

  • Some students find smaller groups more comfortable; this program can be held in classroom settings and conducted with even smaller groups.
  • This program is suitable for 6th – 12th graders, based on current national statistics regarding age of entry for drug use.

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