Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention

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

Materials & Preparation




Health Terms

Review the teaching steps, slide, master and activity sheet for any terms or concepts your students may not know, and be prepared to explain them. Examples:

  • addiction
  • denial
  • dependence
  • experimentation
  • stages
  • tolerance
  • withdrawal

Support for Diverse Learners

To ensure student success with comprehending concepts:

  • Pre-teach new concepts and terms. Write new terms on the board. Frequently use verbal checks for comprehension.
  • Consider the cultural and social diversities of students when examining reasons for drug use. Certain cultures and religions have rituals and traditions that may involve alcohol, tobacco or other drug use. Drug use may be undertaken within the confines of the family, with elders, or in a faith community as a supervised act. For example, use of alcohol by minors in the home when with adults is not illegal in most states. Other countries and cultures have different views, traditions and rituals that students may follow. 

To ensure student success with reading:

  • Review The Stages of Addiction Cards by having students read the stages aloud and paraphrase key points before groups put the stages in order.
  • Read aloud the directions, stages of addiction and case studies on the What Stage of Addiction Is This? activity sheet and allow students time to respond to each case study. Or pair stronger readers with students who may need help.  
  • Allow students to highlight key words and concepts on the activity sheet.