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The Narconon Drug Education Program

With approximately 14 million drug users in the United Sates alone, addiction treatment and law enforcement is not nearly enough to handle this major problem we face. Effective drug education and prevention is the key to totally rid our society of the festering sore of substance abuse. The Narconon Drug Education Program is providing that service to complement the most successful treatment facilities in the world.

Over the last two decades, the Narconon Drug Education Program has been able to reach over a million and a half students, teachers, police officers and professionals by providing vital information about drugs and the truth about what these harmful substances actually do to a person's mind and body.

The Narconon presentations consist of eight components each of which fall into one or more of these three main categories:

  • Drug Education
  • Dealing with outside influences and environmental factors
  • Refusal Skills

The topics covered within these eight components are:

  1. What are drugs?
    This component covers what drugs are and how the side effects can be toxic. Includes how some drugs have benefits in some medical applications along with dangers of misuse of those drugs. Covers the drug abuse and the characteristics and effects of specific drugs.

    Activity: Students make a commitment to be responsible for what they put into their body and in particular to follow the guidelines for use of prescription drugs.

  2. Physical effects of drugs in the body
    This component covers the short-term and long term effects of the consequences of drug abuse. How drugs circulate through the body and enter the body's tissues. What the cumulative effects of drug abuse are which include damage to the liver, kidneys, heart and circulatory system.

    Activity: Discussion of experimentation with drugs as compared to long-term use and the risks of both.

  3. Mental Effects
    This component covers how the mind contains images of a person's experiences in life. Drug abuse results in blank spots in a person's memory. Hallucinogens distort perception and create a mixture of images of real-in-the-present moment, real-but-from-the-past-memory, and unreal-false-imagined.

    Activity: Students asked to consider and discuss whether the possible social appeal of drug use is more important than preserving memory and mental ability.

  4. Drug Addiction
    This component covers what addiction means. How many drugs cause the body to use certain nutrients at an abnormally high rate, leaving the body somewhat depleted of nutrients, with associated symptoms. After repeated use of a drug, its absence leaves a person experiencing these imbalances. How tolerance to a drug requires higher dosages to of the drug to achieve the same effect. How addiction can be seen as a process of continual decline into a worse and worse condition.

    Activity: Role-playing to demonstrate the meaning of addiction.

  5. Alcohol and media influences
    This component covers how alcohol advertising is pervasive and specifically designed to provoke memorable, favorable responses. And that years of alcohol advertisement and promotion can create a positive association with alcohol without any negative connotations. Demonstration of excessive and regular alcohol use in movies, television, music videos, and by peers, also promotes its use. By knowing and understanding this information a person is able to view media promotion from a more objective viewpoint.

    Activity: Students demonstrate their ability to use critical thinking skills to identify pro-alcohol messages.

  6. Tobacco and nicotine
    This component covers Nicotine causes damage to the lungs, heart and other vital organs. Nicotine, like many other drugs, creates long-term unhealthful effects as it accumulates in and damages tissues. How the industry has turned to subtle product positioning to achieve the same effect in sales.

    Activity: Students demonstrate their ability to use critical thinking skills to identify pro-tobacco messages.

  7. Drugs and emotions
    This component covers how human beings exhibit a range of emotions, each of which may be appropriate for specific circumstances. How a person's emotional state can predispose him to drug use. How drug use effects the emotions. How change of behavior or attitude is a better way to solve an emotional discomfort than drug use.

    Activity: Discussion of options and avenues to avoid or find relief for emotional discomforts, and the importance of a positive attitude.

  8. Achieving one's goals in life
    This component covers how setting and working toward a goal can keep one interested in life and less likely to turn to drugs as an entertainment source. Achieving goals is somewhat like making "goals" in a game. Working toward a goal in a game one has chosen to play in life creates a positive and productive attitude toward life.

    Activity: Discussion of examples of student goals and reflection on how their goals relate to their interests.

Illicit drug use affects more than just the addict and his/her family. Many of our nation's problems can be traced to a high percentage of drug use. National statistics show that violence, theft, child abuse, prostitution, divorce, job performance and accidents are all heavily influenced by drugs. In all, this world would undoubtedly be a better place to live without the burden of "fighting the war on drugs."

In addition, the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has recently released the results of a study on drug abuse in rural American communities. This study was funded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the results were shocking. Per this study, 8th graders living in rural American communities are 34 % more likely than their urban counterparts to smoke marijuana, 83% more likely to use crack cocaine, and 104% more likely to use amphetamines within the last month.

It is clear that we must try to stop drug abuse before it starts. The need for effective drug prevention has been established for many years. Families, school administrators, teachers and community leaders realize that most drug prevention and education methods have failed.


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    Here's what one of the kids in Hawaii had to say after viewing "Marijuana The Myth" video:

    "Dear Mr. Mau, I really appreciated your sponsoring of the drug video. I think many teens learned from the presentation made by the teacher in the movie. There are to many people who have the wrong information concerning drugs, and it was time to get the true facts. I never knew that drugs will stay in your system for life! That really changed how I feel about drugs. You informed us on how drugs make you feel and gave us facts on the long term effects. Some people believe that Marijuana does not have a long term effect or stay in the system for a long time. After viewing your video we now have correct facts, and can make the right choices. I feel that the drug video was important to see, and I hope other young people can learn from it as I did. Sincerely, 10th Grader"

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