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Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says

7: Skills-based training

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.

This page was last updated January 2007

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Teaching Packets

Explores the consequences of drug abuse on the brain and body and introduces the topics of prevention, and treatment.