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.
Use for Prevention or Intervention Situations
Other Drugs has two tracks, so it is ideal for use as a prevention course for large groups that would benefit from education on the risks of prescription drug misuse, signs of use and overdose, and sections that cover risk perception and norms correction.
Other Drugs can also be used as an intervention course for individuals who have experienced misusing prescription or illicit drugs. In this track, users will go through sections that help them identify their consequences from use, reasons for using, and steps for making a plan for change.
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