Too Good for Drugs

Substance Abuse Prevention

Too Good for Drugs

Skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal prevention program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.

Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:

  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Bonding with pro-social others
  • Identifying and managing emotions
  • Communicating effectively

At the elementary school level, additional skills and developmental topics build on the core skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence.  Lesson designs are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.  Interactive games and activities help students visualize and apply the strategies and skills directly so they can begin to apply them in their daily life right away. These additional concepts include:

  • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Making Healthy Choices

Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced when it is developmentally appropriate to do so.  In the youngest grades, the lessons develop an understanding of what is healthy to put in the body and what is not.  This foundation prepares students for discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use in later elementary years.

  • Safe Use of Medicines - Grades K - 5
  • Effects of Tobacco Use - Grades 2 - 5
  • Effects of Alcohol Use - Grades 3 - 5
  • Effects of Marijuana Use - Grade 5

Too Good for Drugs in Middle School empowers teens to meet the challenges of middle school life, fostering confidence and building resistance to substance abuse. In Middle School, the students set and reach more complex goals and, in the process, develop and practice strong decision-making skills and effective-communication skills.

Students also learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and associate with positive peer groups. Too Good for Drugs Middle School addresses environmental and developmental risk factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes teens need to make healthy decisions and avoid drug use. Drug topics are discussed in the context of expectations, peer pressure and influence, and the role of the media.

 In particular, more complex social challenges and influences that present a greater risk for escapism and risky behavior are explored and met with strategies for managing those situations in a positive and healthy way. Interactive games and activities create an experiential learning environment so students can learn and apply the skills in the classroom setting.

Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core social skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence and are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student. 

  • Media Literacy and Media Influence
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Understanding Addiction
  • Complex Social and Dating Relationships
  • Exploring Risk Taking and Differentiating Healthy and Unhealthy Risks

Substance use and its effect on the body are also introduced when it is developmentally appropriate to do so. More complex discussions are introduced at the Middle School level and progress in depth as the students mature.

  • Safe Use of Prescription and OTC drugs - Grades 7 and 8
  • Effects of Tobacco Use - Grades 6-8
  • Effects of Alcohol Use - Grades 6-8
  • Effects of Marijuana Use - Grade 6-8
  • Effects of Street Drugs including Opioids and Stimulants - Grades 6-8

Too Good for Drugs in High School provides teenagers with real world challenges faced in high school by exploring practical guidance for understanding the negative health effects related to prescription drug misuse, underage drinking, marijuana abuse, opioid abuse, and nicotine use. Students also explore the stages of addiction and the risks associated with experimentation and

Social Emotional skill development promotes social awareness and self-awareness to equip teens to evaluate the social and peer influences they face as well as the internal pressures to take unhealthy risks to fit in with their peers or to escape. interactive activities challenge students to explore healthy alternatives to unhealthy risks as they work to reach their goals.

Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core social skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence and are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student. 

  • Media Literacy and Media Influence
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Understanding Addiction
  • Complex Social and Dating Relationships
  • Exploring Risk Taking and Differentiating Healthy and Unhealthy Risks

Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced through more complex discussions  around the effect of substance use on health, life, and career goals.

  • Safe Use of Prescription and OTC drugs
  • Effects of Nicotine Use
  • Effects of Alcohol Use
  • Effects of Marijuana Use
  • Effects of Street Drugs including Opioids and Stimulants

Too Good for Drugs & Violence High School 

TGFD&V combines the SEL and Substance Abuse prevention components of Too Good for Drugs with the additional social competency, conflict resolution, and problem solving skill development of Too Good for Violence - Social Perspectives into one seamless 15 lesson course.

These additional concepts include:

  • Respect for Self and for Others
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management
  • Healthy Teen Dating
  • Social Media Awareness

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Colleen D., Community Outreach Specialist

"The holistic approach (school, student, family) to the program helps make sure that across the board the objectives are being supported and encouraged. The goal is to set the student up for success and this program helps the other adults in their lives to be a part of that as well."

 

Colleen D., Community Outreach Specialist

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