Course Highlight: Other Drugs

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Other Drugs is an intervention offered by 3rd Millennium Classrooms for students with current or past experiences with illicit drugs and/or prescription misuse. It can be used as a prevention course, especially for younger populations who may be faced with peer pressure to start using illicit prescription drugs. Other Drugs covers the main drug classes of: opiates, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens, including commonly misused prescription medications, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Xanax, and Ambien.

 

Other Drugs provides personalized feedback and addresses risks, effects, and consequences to the individual in a motivational interviewing style. It helps the individual recognize and reflect upon their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. A personalized and confidential MY SUMMARY REPORT is provided upon course completion. In a counselor/coach setting, the MY SUMMARY report acts as a conversation starter and can be used to determine appropriate levels of treatment and intervention.

 

Course Learning Outcomes:

 

After taking Other Drugs, the individual will be able to:

  • Understand the mental, physical, and emotional effects associated with the four main categories of psychoactive drugs
  • Recognize symptoms of addiction, tolerance, and dependence for each drug category
  • Recognize the signs and stages of an overdose for each drug category
  • Take appropriate action in an overdose situation
  • Understand the similarities and effects abused prescription medications have with psychoactive drugs
  • Recognize proper uses of medications and scenarios in which they are necessary
  • Identify the dangers of prescription drug use as well as the potential and risk factors for misuse
  • Understand the addictiveness of legal and illegal opioids
  • Identify personal strategies for avoiding prescription drug misuse
  • Understand the effects depressants have and what that means for tolerance build-up and addiction
  • Debunk myths regarding effects of stimulants and better learning
  • Recognize that peer use is less common than typically perceived
  • Understand the dangers of sharing prescription medication
  • Analyze both classic and dissociative hallucinogens and their differing effects on both brain and body
  • Understand the dangers of mixing psychoactive drugs
  • Identify possible gateway drugs and the correlation between early use and higher addiction rates
  • Identify personal reasons for drug use
  • Recognize the importance of making a change to lessen or end personal drug use
  • Identify personal triggers for use
  • Develop a personalized strategy for making a change in drug use
  • Develop an action plan to deal with triggers and cravings


3rd Millennium Classrooms offers Other Drugs in Court, College, and Secondary versions. Visit 3rd Millennium Classrooms to sign up or get more information today.

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