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Drug use & Abuse

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Drug Abuse



The program on ‘Drug Abuse’ is not about condemning or criticizing anyone. It is not about a puritanical approach, but the realistic acknowledgement that this is an unfortunate part of the society in which we live. It is not at all promoted by ‘Kick Off’, nor is it considered to be acceptable. The issue of drug use & abuse does, however, need to be based on common sense. 



thingAreas covered:



  • Description of the common illicit drugs available & frequently used. 
  • Details about the actions & side effects of these drugs. 
  • Consequences (physically, psychologically, emotionally, socially) of these substances. 
  • Reasons for using. 
  • Alternatives to using. 
  • The link between drug use & abuse and underlying depression or mental health problem. 
  • The link between drug use & abuse and poorly traveled developmental processes and development of inappropriate coping skills. 
  • What to do when offered drugs & what to do when a ‘mate’ or friend is using. 
  • Recognising the signs of illicit drug use & abuse. 
  • How the use of drugs affects academic and sporting performance; and social skills. 
  • What is drug addiction? 
  • Treatments available for drug abuse & addiction. 



thingProgram Length:


  • Sessions run for approx. two (2) hours & are especially important due to the seriousness of the problem. It can be split into 2 one (1) hr. sessions. 



thingHow sessions are run:



  • These sessions are definitely group participation with encouragement to interact with facilitators. All necessary information, literature, feedback forms, workbooks are provided. Audio visual presentations are an integral component of the workshops/program. 


Drug Abuse 


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