Friday, January 31, 2014

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Sweet Choices

Over the next few weeks, NIMCO will be sharing some "Attention Grabber™" ideas that you can use in class to help teach about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The “Attention Grabbers” are designed to assist with teaching and speaking about the adverse effects alcohol and drugs cause to all who are exposed to these addictive drugs. We live in a visual society, making visual aids a needed resource to assist with speaking or teaching thus enabling you to reach your entire audience. The suggestions are designed to assist your alcohol and drug education programs. You may expound upon each scenario as your presentation or speaking time allows. Each “Attention Grabber™” is very cost effective to present with the suggested visual aids to reiterate the information given during your presentation. These "Attention Grabber™" ideas are also great for Red Ribbon Week!

Bag of Chocolate candy (if possible pick a new type that has just been introduced to the market)

Hold up the bag of chocolates and ask how many in the group have tried this candy? Explain that you
have been told this candy is great and you just bought this bag because you wanted to try it. While holding the bag speak as if you are thinking aloud. Say something like this: I know that if I try this and like it, I will probably want the whole bag and that is a lot of calories. If I like this candy, I will want to eat more and before long, I will have to deal with the consequences that eating a lot of candy will cause. My clothes will become too tight (chocolate and pounds are best friends). My complexion will be affected, and I will have to spend extra money on acne treatment. My teeth will be more prone to cavities from all the sugar. Maybe I shouldn’t try this candy and then I wouldn’t have to worry about all of these things. Ask the group what they think?

Allow time for the group to respond. Some will say that you should not try the candy and others may say just try one or two. Parallel this analogy with trying drugs or alcohol. Even though you are aware of all the problems and health hazards that are involved with drugs and alcohol some people still try them. Before you know what happens, you are addicted.

There are absolutely NO guarantees that when you try drugs or alcohol just one time you will not become addicted, or suffer effects for the rest of your life. Just like the chocolate candy, that I really love there is no way I could eat just one piece and quit. Take the bag of chocolate and put it in the trash can.

Tell the group to never let anyone tell you “just try it one time”, it won’t hurt you. Every alcoholic started with just one drink and every drug addict started with just one pill, snort, injection, smoke, etc. Is it really worth the risk.

Suggested supplemental materials may be purchased at

Life is Sweeter When it's Drug Free-Jumbo Jelly Beans (Click Here to Purchase)

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