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Lesson 10: Getting Help for Drug Problems


In this lesson, students learn about warning signs of drug use problems and how to get help. They brainstorm and discuss warning signs of drug use, including the concept of denial. They examine why a person might be in denial about a drug use problem and the negative consequences of denial. They learn about the importance of professional help and treatment for drug use problems, and identify adults at school who could assist students experiencing alcohol or other drug problems in getting professional help. Then they apply what they’ve learned to analyze a story about a student who’s using alcohol.

Note: If time is limited, the assessment activity sheet may be completed as homework.

Lesson Objectives

Lesson Objectives

  1. Describe warning signs that indicate a person may have a problem with alcohol or other drug use.
  2. Explain that drug use problems require professional help.
  3. Identify resources for help with drug use problems.

SEL Connection

  • responsible decision making

Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-7: Quit using alcohol and other drugs if already using.
  • AOD-8: Support others to be alcohol and other drug free.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Standard 3: Accessing Resources
  • Performance Indicator 3.12.4: Determine when professional health services may be required.
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