DRUG PREVENTION AND EDUCATION
Get Off Drugs Naturally also provides Drug Education talks in the community to schools, clubs and the workplace. We believe Drug Education goes a long way to attaining Drug Prevention. Arming people with knowledge is essential to helping reduce the Drug/Alcohol problem in our society.
In the early development of the Drug Prevention Program, what was firstly reviewed were the different methods of Drug Education that have been used. Most commonly used methods are the ‘scare tactic approach’ which instils fear into the person in an effort to frighten them away from using Drugs. The other method is the ‘harm minimisation approach’ which assumes that if one is going to use Drugs, they will be educated on how to use these Drugs safely.
Our method is to fully educate a person on what Drugs are and how they effect the mind and the body. Once a young person or adult truly understands the consequences to using Drugs, as it relates to their life and those around them, they usually make the rational decision not to use them.
Our interactive presentations and practical sessions contain simple, information about the physical and mental effects of Drugs, as well as other social issues related to Drug Use. The delivery of our Drug Education Program also includes hands-on demonstration of the information with plenty of real life application.
Our Drug Educators provide a realistic picture of Drug Use. We believe that saying no to Drugs is a decision that should be made by the person themselves through correct education on the harmful effects of Drugs.
Our study of questionnaires filled out by students, has shown us the information that causes people 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).
When delivering our Drug Education Program to children, we utilize the powerful role of humor in getting through to them. We have discovered that the more humor we include in our presentations, the better the results. Humor is an effective communication tool that allows information to reach the children and their understanding of the subject.
We also explore the problems that often underlie Drug Use. With teenagers, the causal 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.
Outline of Presentation Subjects
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 Ecstasy
The Truth About Methamphetamines
Drugs and Alcohol; how the media affects young people
Tobacco, smoking and your health
Ice-One of today’s most dangerous Drugs
Establishing and achieving goals in life-how this eliminates the desire the 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
Through our bookstore you can also purchase a number of Drug Education books and DVD’s.
If you would like to order one of these please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have an established group called ‘Friends Of Get Off Drugs Naturally’. This group consists of parents and friends of program graduates that support our Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education Program. They raise awareness of the Drug problem giving out promotional literature at community events. They also fund raise to assist with much needed equipment for our centre.
We also sponsor our local Football Club by donating funds to help with transport, uniforms, events etc…
Our Drug Education arm has also distributed over 200,000 Drug Education booklets via letterbox drop throughout Melbourne and Greater Melbourne.