7: Skills-based training
Prevention program should include skills training to help children and adolescents resist drugs, strengthen personal commitments against drug use, increase social competency (e.g., communications, peer relationships, self efficacy, and assertiveness), and reinforce attitudes against drug use. Programs should use interactive methods (e.g., group discussion) rather than didactic teaching methods alone. In addition, most effective programs are long-term and use "booster sessions" to reinforce content.
Explores the consequences of drug abuse on the brain and body and introduces the topics of prevention, and treatment.