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Lesson 2: Drug Addiction


This lesson addresses the subject of drug addiction. Students discuss what being addicted means and how this phrase is used in relation to drugs. They read and teach each other about addiction, including how it changes the brain, factors that can contribute, stages and negative consequences. They practice identifying the stages of addiction using case studies, and then use what they’ve learned to write a story about a high school student who becomes addicted to a specific drug.

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

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify factors that can contribute to addiction.
  2. Describe the stages of addiction.
  3. Summarize negative consequences of drug addiction.

Time: 60 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • AOD-4: Avoid the use of illegal drugs.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.4: Analyze how genetics and family history can impact personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.9: Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors
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