Project Towards No Drug Abuse

Project Towards No Drug Abuse is an evidence based curriculum that I just completed, today as a matter of fact, at Wheeling Middle School with the 8th graders. Evidence based means it has proven results. I feel very lucky that I was able to bring this program to these students just as they are about to embark on a new adventure…High School. The students were wonderfully honest and I think they really got something out of the program even though they would never admit it. When they heard someone was going to be in their science classes for 12 sessions, they thought we would be discussing drugs and their effects. To their surprise, Project Towards No Drug Abuse really focuses on ways for students to deal with life without drugs and helps them face peer and societal pressure to use harmful substances. It’s not just about saying “no” but taking care of themselves in the process. It’s about choosing situations that are beneficial to their own life goals.

Many of these kids face addiction and alcoholism every day in their own families. This program brings hope and answers to some problems and questions they deal with continually. For some, this is the only life they know; we have the power to show them there is another way through these programs. They really learned that addiction and alcoholism touch every person in an addicts life, but those affected can chose another route and grow to be happy and healthy.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a small part of the students eighth grade year. I would really like to thank the teachers Mrs. Cook and Mrs. McKay whose classrooms I took over. I would also like to thank Mrs. Hearne, Mr. Railing, and Mr. Riddle for their support in setting up the program, and Ms. Dianna Vargo for her support and help in bringing these great programs to students who really can use it to better their lives.

Thanks to the kids for acting as a mirror into my past and teaching me that we really can attain our hopes and dreams if we stay clean and sober. Life gets better and better.

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