Narconon® Drug Education
In the development of an effective prevention program, Narconon staff 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.
The Narconon Drug Education program is evidence-based. A recent outcome study of the Narconon drug education program shows effectiveness in reducing drug use amongst high school students. Click here for the Narconon drug education study or view it online at www.substanceabusepolicy.com
The key to our success in 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).
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 Narconon 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
- Marijuana-The myth
- The Truth About Ecstasy
- The Truth About Methamphetamines
- 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