While drug use climbs among Michigan youth, drug educators at the new Narconon Freedom Center are rolling up their sleeves with more vigor. Drug education officer Honalee Johnson and her team of lecturers spend their days traveling to schools in Michigan and neighboring states, delivering the popular and potent Narconon Drug Education talks.
This is one class in which teens rarely fall asleep.
Drug Education Through Freedom Drug Rehab
The Narconon drug prevention program is designed to arm youth with the truth about drugs. That way they can make their own decisions with regards to drug use. The educators do not merely lecture, nor do they use scare tactics to electrify their audience. They give facts about drugs in a way that their audience can relate, and they encourage audience members to arrive at their own conclusions on drug abuse and addiction.
An important part of the Narconon drug education program is a practical, realistic approach to drug prevention. Teens are shown how to say no and learn exactly what they are saying no to.
Following the lectures, students are asked to fill out surveys. A few responses from a ninth-grade lecture include:
“I learned that you don’t have to do Xtasy for a long time to OD.”
“It can help me stay away from drugs now that I know all the consequences.”
“My thoughts changed after watching the video. I never want to do X again or let any of my friends do it either.”
A number of national studies show that teens who are educated on the harmful effects of drugs are far less likely to experiment with them. Narconon drug prevention lectures commonly result in teens deciding to stop using drugs (if they already use them), changing their minds about trying them, and becoming even firmer in their decision to avoid drugs (if they are already against them). It is clear that these lectures are saving lives on a daily basis, keeping teens from a lifetime of addiction.
A Vital Need For Drug Prevention In Michigan
There is no doubt that Michigan is in need of drug prevention education. The 2012 annual “Monitoring the Future” (MTF) survey, conducted by the University of Michigan, revealed startling statistics about the more than 46,000 students who responded. The most alarming discovery is that students’ perception of harm has dropped significantly. For example, only 41.7 percent of eight-graders consider marijuana to be harmful. Yet this drug is known as a gateway drug, leading to heavier drug use and a lifetime of addiction.
New Drug Education Officer
Narconon Freedom Center recently welcomed Honalee Johnson to the position of Drug Education Officer, and she is thrilled. After watching friends and family members recover from the devastating effects of drug addiction and move on to live drug-free lives as a result of the Narconon program, she decided to make a career change to truly make a change and help others.
Backed by Results
Not only are students raving about the Narconon Drug Education Program, researchers are becoming more and more aware of the results. An independent study conducted by FASE (Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education) in Los Angeles concluded that the changes in students who were considering drug use were “quite pronounced” and that teen responses showed a “heightened awareness of the adverse effects caused by drug abuse”.
It is also interesting to note that following the Narconon Drug Education talks, teens commonly indicated that they had changed their minds about drugs and would now never use drugs.
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