Breakout Drug Free

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The Breakout Drug Education Program curriculum is designed to engage students through the use of visual aids, multi-media presentations, games, role-playing and group work. The curriculum is presented to students in eight consecutive sessions.

The focus of each of the lesson plans is to teach students about:

  • Health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use
  • Understanding the social pressure and how that can influence choices about alcohol or other drug use
  • Understanding healthy coping skills
  • How to resist pressures to use alcohol and other drugs
  • How to make healthy choices
  • How to avoid risky situations

 

Breakout Program (Description of Drug Prevention Units)

There are three separate units.  Unit 1 (6th-7th grades), Unit 2 (8th grade) and Unit 3 (10th-11th grades).  Each unit has eight separate lesson plans and is listed below (by day).

Unit 1 (Grades: 6th & 7th)

 Day 1 – Health risks associated with marijuana and tobacco use.  Students participate in a game called “Quizbuster.”  The game asks and answers questions about the health risks of using marijuana or tobacco.   The students get to participate in exercises and touch and smell visual aids.

Day 2 – Short and long term health risks associated with alcohol and inhalant use.   Students participate in race car teams.  The kids race their cars around a track based on answering questions about the health risks of inhalant and alcohol use.  The students get to participate in exercises and touch and smell visual aids.

Day 3 – What’s Trending?  Designer Drugs.  The students are presented information about the health risks of associated with the K2, Bath Salts, Vicodin and Heroin.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 4 – Accepting Me:  Accepting You.  The students get to know themselves, accept their own uniqueness and highlight their positive attributes.  Students also have the opportunity to share what they value in their friends and in their peers.

Day 5 –   Peer Pressure and Positive Peer Culture.   The students will learn the subtle ways in which peer pressure is used to influence their decisions.  Students will also learn the about positive peer culture and the benefits of supporting and appreciating their differences rather than criticizing and isolating their peers.

Day 6 –   Making Decisions.  The students will evaluate a situation and using the five key elements to good decision making.  Through the evaluation process the students will know how to evaluate the risks and benefits of their choices and will learn and practice new skills to help them make healthy choices regarding alcohol and other drugs.   The students will also learn importance of having an escape plan (“Code Blue” system) when faced with a situation that could compromise their health and well-being.

Day 7 –   Actions Have Consequences.  The students will learn different ways of handling a peer pressure while examining how it affects them and their peers.

Day 8 –   Peer Refusal Techniques and How to Avoid Trouble.  The students learn four basic peer refusal techniques and participate in role play exercises to demonstrate proper use.  The students also learn three ways to avoid pressure to drink or use drugs and the value of making it clear to their peers where they stand regarding alcohol and other drugs.

Unit 2 (Grade: 8th)

Day 1 – Up in Smoke:  The Health risks of Tobacco and Marijuana.  The students are presented information about the health and social risks of smoking tobacco and marijuana.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 2 – One Drink to Death:  Alcohol.    The students are presented information about the health and social risks of drinking and driving and binge drinking.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 3 – What’s Trending?  Designer Drugs.  The students are presented information about the health risks of associated with the K2, Bath Salts, Vicodin and Heroin.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 4 –   Self Preservation and Approval Seeking.   The students will learn the subtle ways in which peer pressure is used to influence their decisions

Day 5 –   Problem Solving:  Taking control of your options.  The students participate in a debate in which they learn to understand the importance of focusing on personal needs when it comes to making difficult choices and how their values and focus influence the choices they make.

Day 6 – No Means No:  Saying no effectively.  Students will learn the steps they can take to effectively say no and stand up to peer pressure.

Day 7 – Communication and Code Blue:   Students participate in small groups and learn about assertive, aggressive, and passive response styles.

Day 8 – Economics of Drug Use.     Students learn how their personal preferences can impact how capable they are of meeting their monthly financial obligations.  Students also learn how the choice to smoke, drink, or use drugs can impact a person financially and what the consequences may be.

Unit 3 (Grades: 10th & 11th)

Day 1 – Up in Smoke:  The Health risks of Tobacco and Marijuana.  The students are presented information about the health and social risks of smoking tobacco and marijuana.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 2 – One Drink to Death:  Alcohol.    The students are presented information about the health and social risks of drinking and driving and binge drinking.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 3 – What’s Trending?  Designer Drugs.  The students are presented information about the health risks of associated with the K2, Bath Salts, Vicodin and Heroin.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Day 4 –   Peer Pressure and Positive Peer Culture.   The students will learn the subtle ways in which peer pressure is used to influence their decisions.  Students will also learn the about positive peer culture and the benefits of supporting and appreciating their differences rather than criticizing and isolating their peers.

Day 5 – Coping Strategies.  Students learn different types of coping behavior and how that is related to decision making.  They also learn healthy coping skills.  The entire presentation is done on Power point and can be played as a game..

Day 6 –Making Decisions.  Students will learn the steps to healthy decision making including, exploring options, possible risks and consequences and goal setting.  Students will complete worksheets using the steps to evaluate a mock situation.  They will also present their steps to the class.

Day 7 – Assessing RisksThe students will participate in a mock courtroom debate in which they will assess the risks associated with a situation and make choices that leave them less vulnerable to peer pressure.  The lesson is done on Power point and can be played as a game.

Day 8 – Planning for the future.  Students participate in an exercise in which they write a newspaper article about their life.  This helps the students look beyond tomorrow and explore their own personal goals and aspirations.   Students also identify ways in which alcohol or drug use can make their goals more difficult to achieve.   The alternate activities is a power point presentation in which students participate in teams and answer questions about the impact of alcohol and drug use on employment, education, job, family and health.

Alternative lesson plans

There are three alternative curriculum units available as substitute lesson plans.  The alternative lesson plans are available so that the program can be best tailored to the needs of the students.  The alternative curriculum is available to substitute in all three units. 

Economics of Drug Use.  The students participate in an economics exercise that covers the basic living expenses of the average adult.  Students learn how their personal preferences (in terms of amenities) can impact how capable they are of meeting their monthly financial obligations.  Students also learn how the choice to smoke, drink, or use drugs can impact a person financially and what the consequences may be.

A Dose of Danger:  Over the counter and prescription drug misuse and abuse – The students will learn about the health risks associated with over the counter and prescription drug misuse and abuse.  This includes drug interactions, over dose and self medicating.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

A Deadly Workout:  The dangers of steroid use – Students will learn about the different types of steroids and the health risks associated with use and abuse.   The entire presentation is done on power point.

Til Death Do Us Part:  The dangers of cocaine use –  Students will learn about the health risks associated with cocaine use.  This includes the dangers of overdose and the impact of physical and psychological addiction.   The entire presentation is done on power point.

Methamphetamines:  The Price you Pay –  The students are presented information about the health and social risks of methamphetamines.  The entire presentation is done on power point.

Cycle of addiction:  The students participate in a family dynamics exercise in which they explore the dynamics of the behavior and personalities of children raised in homes with an alcohol or drug addicted parent.

 CSI:  Impact of Alcohol and Drug Use –   Students work in groups to critically analyze the physical, social, legal, community, and economic issues surrounding alcohol and drug use.

Sharing Your Perspective on Alcohol, Drugs, Problem Solving, Saying No and Friends –  The students take all the information they learned over the two week program and share their perspective on staying drug free, saying no, standing up to peer pressure and problem solving.

 

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