MAKING RIGHT CHOICES
Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program…
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) approved strategies
Alcohol and other drug use among our youth remains a major public health problem. These practices can lead to an increase in the risk for injuries, social problems, violence, HIV infection, and other diseases. It has become increasingly important to provide specific education in this area to work to avert the initial decision to use and/or experiment with alcohol and/or other drugs. Often times an adolescent just doesn’t know the effects of alcohol and other drugs.
It is the goal of VRP Institute, Inc. to educate and assist our youth in “Making Right Choices”.
The teenage years are a prime time for experimenting and asserting independence. As teens transition into adulthood, they often become tempted by adult activities. They want to follow their parents’ lead, try the activities already done by their friends and establish their own identities. Drugs and alcohol frequently become involved in this mix.
Many teens turn to marijuana, prescription drugs, club drugs, alcohol or other substances during their teenage years. Seventy percent of high school students have had at least one alcoholic beverage, and they are often with their friends when they drink. In 2009, nearly a quarter of surveyed students in grades nine through 12 had been “offered, sold or given an illegal drug by someone on school property,” reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Teenagers and young adults get involved with alcohol and drugs for many reasons. Some examples include:
- Curiosity: They want to know what it feels like to get high or be drunk.
- Peer pressure: Their friends are doing it.
- Acceptance: Their parents or role models are doing it.
- Defiance: They want to rebel against societal rules.
- Risk-taking behaviors: They need to send out a call for help.
- Thrill-seeking activities: They want to experience something other than numbness.
- Boredom: They feel they have done everything else exciting.
- Independence: They want to make their own decisions.
- Pleasure: They want to feel good.
Teenagers rarely consider the long-term damage they can do to themselves, their families, and their communities.
“Making Right Choices” is important for our youth to not start behaviors that can ultimately lead to use; making “Alcohol and Other Drugs Education” at early stages of life that much more important.