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.
Time: 45 - 60 minutes