Drug Abuse Prevention Tips for Teachers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Drug abuse prevention is an important aspect of a comprehensive learning experience for teens. Along with giving your students the tools, skills and knowledge required for academic success, it is important to guide them towards safe and healthy lifestyle practices and good ethical and legal standing in society. These tips can assist you with your drug abuse prevention efforts in school.

Be Informative and Honest.

Exaggerating the consequences and dangers of drugs is a fast way for drug abuse prevention attempts to end up backfiring. Your students have probably already heard a lot about substances and it is all too easy to find out if claims have been inflated. Be honest and respect your student’s ability to make the right decisions by giving a clear picture of the truth about drugs. The accuracy of the information you provide is a testament to your credibility in the eyes of your students.

Discuss How Drug Abuse Can Destroy Futures.

As your students focus on achieving academic and extracurricular excellence, explain how drug abuse can stand in the way of everything they have worked so hard for. Drug abuse is not conducive to academic success, getting into great colleges, securing good jobs or getting recruited for professional team sports. Show your students how drug abuse prevention can actually benefit their lives and help them achieve success.

Teach Students How to Say “No” as a Drug Abuse Prevention Method.

Turning down the offer of drugs or alcohol can be challenging for teens in the face of peer pressure. Students who otherwise would not try drugs or alcohol may decide to do so in an attempt to fit in or to look cool when confronted or offered drugs by friends. Offer up useful suggestions for standing firm and staying away from drugs.  Have your students roll play so they become comfortable saying no or removing themselves from a high risk situation.

Be Observant and Proactive in Your Drug Abuse Prevention Efforts.

Pay attention to your students and learn the signs of potential drug abuse and addiction.  If you suspect a student is using drugs or alcohol bring your concerns to the student and their parents in a non judgmental, open way.  Drug abuse prevention means more than just saying no, it also means guiding a teen who may have lost their way. Teenagers often feel immune to disease like addiction, but early intervention and proactive adults can prevent experimentation from becoming addiction or substance abuse.

Recommend Therapy or a Counselor for Any Student Experiencing a Difficult Time.

Our most difficult life moments are also the times when we become our most vulnerable. Always suggest therapy or a school counselor for students going through particularly challenging times such as the loss of a loved one or other traumatizing occurrence.

Emphasize the Importance and Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is not a welcoming environment for drug abuse. Promote the benefits and joys of leading a healthy lifestyle – from eating a balanced and nutritious diet to playing sports.