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Remain in control of your decisions by avoiding substance addiction.


Self control is compromised when one is under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substances. As a result, an individual’s ability to make decisions is impaired. It’s important to understand that substance abuse affects an entire person — brain, body, and emotions. When a person chooses to remain in control by avoiding use of substances, they are protecting themselves, and also protecting their relationships with the people in their lives.


Students will add to their understanding of how participation in substance abuse and other addictive behaviors can affect their own lives and the lives of their friends and families.

Students will:

  • Review how substance use affects decision making ability
  • Understand varying risks of substance abuse and addiction due to family history
  • Learn the difference between substance use, substance abuse, and addiction
  • Understand how one can quickly move from substance use to addiction
  • Carry the concept of addiction over from drugs to other behaviors, such as pornography
  • Understand the damage that addiction does to relationships


  • Review previous lessons
  • Activity: Trigger Level
  • Introduce Cycle of Addiction chart and discuss differences
  • Discuss the connection between brain development and risk of addiction
  • Worksheet – What’s Most Important to Me?
  • Worksheet homework and Journal