Alcohol & Drug Programs for Schools

Drug and alcohol programs for schools focus on educating young people about the dangers of substance abuse. These programs give kids the facts on the science of drug addiction, as well as the negative effects it can have on their lives. The common goal is to change youths' attitudes about drugs and alcohol, steering them toward more positive activities.

  1. Facts on Tap

    • This program is a subsidiary of Phoenix House, the nation's largest nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment organization. Facts on Tap is specifically designed for college campuses, with transitional services for high school students and parents. The program has workshops geared toward students with alcoholic or substance-abusing parents. Facts on Tap provides materials and training programs for campus staff members so that they can better implement the program into their university.

    DARE

    • Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, began in Los Angeles as an educational program for schoolkids. It has grown throughout the United States and has a presence in over 43 countries. The DARE program trains police officers to deliver lessons to children in kindergarten through 12th grade, giving them tools to resist peer pressure and remain drug and alcohol-free. DARE also has after-school programs that incorporate dance and creative activities to provide kids with a fun alternative to substance abuse. See references for information on introducing a DARE program to your local school.

    ACDE

    • The American Council for Drug Education (ACDE), also a subsidiary of Phoenix House, provides information to parents, children, employers and educators about preventing substance abuse. They provide lesson plans for schools to educate students about drug abuse, both during school and in after-school activities. Lesson plans are categorized by grade level and cover kindergarten through 12th grade. To download the plans as PDF files, see the website under references.

    SADD

    • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is a peer-to-peer education program aimed at helping students to avoid making bad decisions about drinking and drug use. Individual chapters of SADD run different projects in schools, from teen workshops and conferences to legislative work and peer-led classes. SADD puts students in the driver's seat, though chapters do require an adult faculty adviser for guidance.

    Partnership for a Drug-Free America

    • The Partnership has nationwide affiliates and school programs that focus on substance abuse prevention topics. These programs include education on steroid abuse, inhalants and prescription drug abuse. There are even Spanish-language programs available. The Partnership is particularly interested in the parental role when it comes to educating children about drugs and alcohol.

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