Drug Education Programs for Canada
In the development of an effective drug prevention program, Tibor Palatinus, founder of Hab Health Society, first addressed where drug education efforts have failed in the past. The basic method used formerly in drug education has been the "scare tactic" approach. This was an attempt to scare youth away from drugs. It never worked and in many cases perpetuated drug use by presenting information that was easily discredited.
Tibor used the Narconon Drug Education program curriculum.
The key to our success is both in the content and delivery of the program. Our interactive presentations and practical sessions contain simple, true information about the physical and mental effects of drugs, as well as other social issues related to drug use. The delivery of the program includes hands-on demonstration of the material with plenty of real life application.
Our professionals provide a realistic picture of drug use. We don't just tell kids to "say no"; we educate them to come to that conclusion on their own, and more importantly, show them how to say no and what exactly they are saying no to.
Our study of questionnaires filled out by students has shown us the precise information that causes kids to:
- Decide to stop using drugs (for those who already used them).
- Change their mind from possibly trying or using drugs to a firm decision not to use them.
- Believe more firmly in their decision not to use drugs (when they state they are already against them).
The Tibor Palatinus, drug prevention education specialist also utilizes the powerful role of humor in getting through to students. We discovered that the more humor we included in the presentations, the better the results. A direct correlation was found between the level of humor and the children's perceived dangerousness of drugs, though the message is clearly a serious matter. With this light approach, kids see the dangers of drug use and really "get it."
We also explore the problems that often underlie drug use. With teenagers, the casual factor can often be boredom or an inability to communicate with others. Therefore, other subjects such as setting and achieving goals are covered as a method to avoid falling into the trap of substance abuse. We clearly distinguish the feeling of "getting high" from drug use which is temporary and damaging from the feeling of self-confidence and true happiness through productivity and accomplishments, which is permanent and real.
The drug education presentations are divided into several subjects. They are geared to the appropriate age groups and focus on the real life situations that often lead to drug use.
- The physical effects of drugs on the body
- How drugs affect the mind
- The Truth About Methamphetamine
- Drugs and Alcohol; how the media affects young people
- Tobacco, smoking and your health
- LSD-One of today's most dangerous drugs
- Establishing and achieving goals in life-how this eliminates the desire for drugs
- Peer pressure and resisting drug use
- Addiction-how it starts and what keeps a person addicted
- How emotions play a role in drug use
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