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Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention

Lesson 6: Experimentation & Addiction: What's the Truth?

Assessment & Closure

Students demonstrate learning

What Stage of Addiction Is This?Create & Share

Distribute the What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheet (or direct students to turn to page 15 of the Student Workbook). 

Read the case studies and decide which stage of addiction each one shows. Then answer the questions.

End the lesson

Close

The case studies you read highlight the problems of experimenting with and becoming addicted to drugs. 

Briefly review the information from the lesson, calling on students at random, or by a show of hands, using the following questions and follow-up questions:

  • Who can name the first stage of addiction? Who can name one reason a young person might try a drug for the first time? Why is experimentation dangerous?
  • What’s the second stage of addiction? Why might someone keep using a drug?
  • How about the third stage? Who can tell me what the term tolerance means?
  • Why is it so hard to stop using a drug once a person has become dependent? What are some of the symptoms of withdrawal?
  • What is the definition of addiction? What were some of the problems the addicted person in the case study had?

In the next class, you’ll think about how tobacco, alcohol and other drugs can affect all areas of a person’s life.

Assess

Collect students’ What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheets and evaluate their work for this lesson.

Assessment Evidence

Objective 1

Students defined the stages of addiction by:

  • Completing the What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheet.

Objective 2

Students determined reasons teens choose to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by:

  • Completing Question 1 on the What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheet.

Objective 3

Students evaluated the dangers of experimenting with tobacco, alcohol or other drugs by:

  • Completing Question 2 on the What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheet.

Objective 4

Students explained the negative consequences of drug addiction by:

  • Completing Question 3 on the What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheet.