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Ch 4: Drug & Substance Abuse Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

This chapter provides helpful strategies and resources for developing drug and substance abuse lessons. The resources in this chapter can help you find new and interesting ways to teach your students about these issues.

Drug & Substance Abuse Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides lesson plans and related lessons on drug and substance abuse. These resources can help you teach students about topics including tobacco use, alcoholism, and drug classifications. Use the lesson plans to help develop your curriculum, and show the related lessons to your students in class or assign them for homework. Additional lesson plan topics include:

  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Tobacco addiction and the short-term effects of tobacco use
  • Alcoholism prevention and treatment programs
  • Effects of and reasons for drug use
  • Definition of substance use, abuse, and dependence
  • Causes of substance disorders
  • Types of addictive behaviors and signs of addiction

How It Helps

  • Vocabulary words: Includes substance abuse vocabulary you can teach your students.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Provides a broad range of topics that encourages class discussion about drug and substance abuse.
  • Individual or group projects: Provides suggestions for fun individual and group projects.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning drug and substance abuse lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for the specific drug and substance abuse topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your drug and substance abuse class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related drug and substance abuse lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important drug and substance abuse concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant drug and substance abuse-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

50 Lessons in Chapter 4: Drug & Substance Abuse Lesson Plans & Resources
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Substance Abuse Lesson Plan

1. Substance Abuse Lesson Plan

Looking for an effective way to teach students about substance abuse? This lesson plan uses an engaging and informative video lesson to provide a strong knowledge base while an activity puts students in charge of designing posters to educate others about substance abuse.

Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

2. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

Tobacco Lesson Plan

3. Tobacco Lesson Plan

What is tobacco and what does it do to the human body? A video lesson helps to explain this as an activity helps students examine real cases of tobacco use. For ongoing instruction, consider our recommendations for related lessons and extensions.

Tobacco Use & Health

4. Tobacco Use & Health

Tobacco contains an addictive chemical called nicotine. Nicotine is why it is so hard to stop using tobacco once you start. Learn how smoking or chewing tobacco causes diseases, affects your breathing and even causes bad breath and yellow teeth.

Drug Education Lesson Plan

5. Drug Education Lesson Plan

How much do your students know about drugs? A video lesson provides a detailed overview while a class activity empowers students with precise knowledge. Related lessons and extensions are included for ongoing instruction.

Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

6. Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

This lesson will describe the six major classes of psychoactive drugs, give examples of substances in each class, and explain what they cause a person to experience in the short-term and the long-term.

Red Ribbon Week Lesson Plan

7. Red Ribbon Week Lesson Plan

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week and educate your students to the harms of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs with this lesson plan. Students learn about the prevention, treatment, and effects of these substances through discussions and activities.

Prevention and Treatment Programs for Alcoholism

8. Prevention and Treatment Programs for Alcoholism

Dealing with the effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism in society includes prevention of the problem, treatment when it does occur, and support for recovering alcoholics. Learn more about how this takes place as you explore this lesson.

Why Do People Use Drugs?

9. Why Do People Use Drugs?

In this lesson, we'll explore some of the reasons people use drugs. We'll look at four different examples of drug use, including prescription drugs, stimulants, alcohol, and marijuana.

Tobacco Use: Addiction and Short-Term Effects

10. Tobacco Use: Addiction and Short-Term Effects

In this lesson, you will learn about why it is that smoking is so addictive and what the short-term consequences of tobacco use will result in. You will also find out how nicotine plays an important role in all of this.

Addiction Lesson Plan

11. Addiction Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce the topic of addiction and addictive behavior. Students will watch a video on the topic, work with a partner to define and describe addiction, and write about an addiction in their lives.

Addiction and Addictive Behaviors: Types & Warning Signs

12. Addiction and Addictive Behaviors: Types & Warning Signs

This lesson will define addiction and addictive behavior in addition to taking a look at what addictive behaviors have in common and what things to look out for in a potential addict.

Drug Abuse Prevention Lesson Plan

13. Drug Abuse Prevention Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to drug abuse, its physical consequences on the body, and treatment options. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer, discuss treatment options, and write a treatment plan for a hypothetical peer.

Drug Abuse: Physical Consequences and Treatment

14. Drug Abuse: Physical Consequences and Treatment

The kidneys, heart, lungs, and skin are all affected by drug use, sometimes severely so. You'll learn how and also the many different ways by which a person can be treated for substance abuse in this lesson.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

15. Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

This lesson looks at prescription drug abuse. After defining it, we'll talk about its prevalence, prevention, and treatment programs, including new efforts.

Solutions to Drug Abuse in Schools

16. Solutions to Drug Abuse in Schools

In this lesson, we will look at the National Institutes of Health recommended practices for implementing school-wide solutions that could be used to help combat drug addiction.

Books About Drug Abuse

17. Books About Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is an issue for a variety of ages, so education on drugs and their consequences is important in school. This lesson lists books of fiction and nonfiction for students of all ages.

Anti-Smoking Lesson Plan for Elementary School

18. Anti-Smoking Lesson Plan for Elementary School

It's important to teach our youth about the dangers of smoking, which this lesson plan aims to do. Students will read and discuss a text lesson, work on their own no smoking campaign, present their campaign to the class and end the lesson with a quiz.

Smoking Facts: Lesson for Kids

19. Smoking Facts: Lesson for Kids

You know smoking is bad for you, you see the warning labels on the cigarette packs, but why exactly are cigarettes so bad? Read the following lesson to learn about the different things that can happen to you from picking up this deadly habit.

Smoking Prevention Lesson Plan

20. Smoking Prevention Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores smoking prevention methods and treatment options. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Tobacco Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

21. Tobacco Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the many different strategies people and communities can employ to prevent the use of tobacco products as well as what key components treatment programs for tobacco use encompass.

Alcohol & Advertising Lesson Plan

22. Alcohol & Advertising Lesson Plan

Teaching students about alcohol abuse can be an uphill battle. Use this lesson plan to debunk the depictions given in alcohol ads. Your students will read a text lesson, discuss alcohol advertising, and create accurate alcohol ads.

Analyzing Tobacco & Alcohol Advertisements

23. Analyzing Tobacco & Alcohol Advertisements

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the various ways advertisements are used by the tobacco, alcohol, and drug industry to target their current or future customer base.

Alcoholism Lesson Plan

24. Alcoholism Lesson Plan

What is alcoholism and what are its causes? This lesson plan highlights critical points for students with two video lessons and an activity aimed at increasing awareness.

Alcoholism: Genetic & Environmental Influences

25. Alcoholism: Genetic & Environmental Influences

Alcoholism can be influenced by genetic predisposition and a person's environment. These factors work together to determine each individual's risk and their effects are difficult to separate.

Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment

26. Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment

Alcohol can be a really terrible thing when it is abused. The problems it causes do not just damage the user but their friends, family, and society as a whole. You'll learn about why alcoholism occurs and how it can be addressed.

Alcohol Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. Alcohol Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is alcohol and how does it effect people? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson to outline key points for students. An activity helps to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol.

Alcohol Lesson for Kids: Facts & Effects

28. Alcohol Lesson for Kids: Facts & Effects

While it's a widely-used substance, it doesn't mean consuming alcohol comes without risks. Read the following lesson to learn what happens each time a person drinks and some long-terms effects alcohol has on the body.

Alcohol Education Activities for Teenagers

29. Alcohol Education Activities for Teenagers

Alcohol abuse is a serious teen problem. These activities provide fun and engaging ways to teach about the effects of alcohol abuse, as well as suggestions for prevention.

Side Effects of Alcohol Lesson Plan

30. Side Effects of Alcohol Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson explores the biology of alcohol on the body, side effects and suggestions for accident prevention. Students will complete a reading activity, research project and take a quiz. They may also participate in an optional Say No to Alcohol campaign.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Levels & Effects

31. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Levels & Effects

You are probably familiar with the term blood alcohol concentration, but what does it really mean? Read this lesson to learn the definition, the different levels and the side effects that can be incurred at each level of blood alcohol concentration.

Drunk Driving Lesson Plan

32. Drunk Driving Lesson Plan

What is drunk driving and what impact does it have on society? This lesson plan lays a strong knowledge base for students with two text lessons and a small group challenge.

What Is DUI? - Definition, Laws, Consequences & Penalties

33. What Is DUI? - Definition, Laws, Consequences & Penalties

Review what constitutes a DUI. Learn what the laws are surrounding this driving violation, including how they may differ among states. Discover the consequences and penalties for DUIs.

Drunk Driving: Facts & Statistics

34. Drunk Driving: Facts & Statistics

Drunk driving facts and statistics are sad, intriguing, shocking, and disgusting all at the same time. This lesson goes over just a select few of the many drunk driving facts and statistics, but they're enough to make your jaw drop.

Alcohol Awareness Lesson Plan

35. Alcohol Awareness Lesson Plan

The teen years is one of the best times to teach about alcohol use and abuse. With this lesson pla, your students can become aware of alcohol by watching a video, having a discussion and completing a project.

Alcohol Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption

36. Alcohol Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption

You more than likely have had alcohol once in your life. At least that's what statistics point to. In fact, this lesson will be chock full of statistics about alcohol use and abuse in the United States.

Alcoholics Anonymous Lesson Plan

37. Alcoholics Anonymous Lesson Plan

Alcoholism is a serious epidemic, and knowing about the Alcoholics Anonymous program is one key to fighting the epidemic. Your students will become familiar with the program as they read and discuss a lesson, create sobriety posters, write support plans and take a quiz.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous? - Definition, Meetings & Steps

38. What is Alcoholics Anonymous? - Definition, Meetings & Steps

Alcoholism is a dangerous addiction that requires support and effort for a chance at recovery. Read this lesson to learn about the program that provides assistance to recovering alcoholics so that they may successfully manage the challenges of addiction.

Anti-Drug Lesson Plan for Elementary School

39. Anti-Drug Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson, your students will learn about drugs and the importance of not taking them. They will have a discussion, create and solve crossword puzzles, and create an anti-drug hallway.

Tobacco Lesson Plan for Elementary School

40. Tobacco Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Tobacco! What an interesting word. This lesson will teach students about the harmful effects tobacco can have on the human body and encourage a tobacco-free mindset.

Tobacco Addiction Lesson Plan

41. Tobacco Addiction Lesson Plan

Why is tobacco addictive? This lesson plan will help you explain the science of nicotine addiction with the help of a video lesson. An activity explores and puts a truthful spin on the marketing of tobacco.

Refusal Skills Lesson Plan

42. Refusal Skills Lesson Plan

Teach your students to learn how to say 'NO' and mean it. This lesson plan gives tips and techniques for applying refusal skills. After learning, students apply concepts with a creative activity.

What Are Refusal Skills for Drugs? - Definition & Activities

43. What Are Refusal Skills for Drugs? - Definition & Activities

Developing strong refusal skills is the best line of defense to avoid further substance abuse. Read this lesson to learn about the importance of refusal skills, as well as examples of strong refusal skills. They just might make the difference.

Drugs in Sports Lesson Plan

44. Drugs in Sports Lesson Plan

How prevalent is drug use among athletes in the sports world? This lesson plan will help you explore this issue with your students using a text lesson and an activity that connects students with actual doping cases.

Narcotics Lesson Plan

45. Narcotics Lesson Plan

What are narcotics and how do they impact the mind and body? This lesson uses an informative video lesson to explain key facts about narcotics and their use before an activity allows students to explore specific types of narcotics.

Marijuana Lesson Plan for High School

46. Marijuana Lesson Plan for High School

This lesson plan provides support as teachers of high school students who are learning about marijuana. Students will watch a text lesson and then create their own public service announcement.

Drug Free Project Ideas

47. Drug Free Project Ideas

Your students will learn about drugs and why they should be drug free with these project ideas. Students will have the chance to make pamphlets, act out skits, complete research and diagrams, and give a presentation to other students.

Red Ribbon Week Activities

48. Red Ribbon Week Activities

Red Ribbon Week is part of a drug/alcohol/violence awareness campaign, targeted mainly at students. These activities will give your class ways to participate in Red Ribbon Week and learn about these issues.

Alcohol Awareness Discussion Questions

49. Alcohol Awareness Discussion Questions

Alcohol is a legal thing that has been used throughout history as both a beverage and depressant drug. Use this guide in your high school classroom to help students think critically about alcohol use and abuse.

Discussion Questions about Addiction

50. Discussion Questions about Addiction

Addiction is a heavy topic for teenagers to discuss. The discussion questions here will help guide your students into deep exploration of important topics related to addiction.

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