Thursday, March 13, 2014

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Rotten To The Core

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!

• 3 Bananas (one green, one ripe and one really ripe even black)

Take the ripe banana and bump it several times on a table edge about one hour prior to the demonstration. Have a display area that is in plan view of the entire audience. Place the three bananas on the table so they can easily be seen by the group.

Hold the green banana up and explain to the group that the banana is green and needs to mature to be a desirable fruit to eat. Use this analogy to explain to the group that in some ways they are like this banana still maturing with many decisions and choices to make. 

If you choose to use drugs or alcohol, maybe for a while, you can fool your family and friends because you show no visible signs. It won’t be long until you start changing. Put down the green banana and pick up the ripe banana. Hold the banana up and say you may start changing in attitude and appearance but the scary thing is what is going on inside your body. Examine the banana, say it has a few imperfections on the outside, and point those out to the group. Expand on the point that many times you fool yourself into thinking no one knows you are abusing drugs and alcohol because you think you can hide the effects. 

Peel the banana (the one earlier bumped on the side of the table) point out the bruises that were not visible on the outside. Tell the assembled group that this is so scary because alcohol and illegal drugs destroy your body from the inside out. Pick up the very ripe banana that is black in appearance and hold it up in front of the group. Explain that if you continue to use drugs or alcohol you will be just like this banana bruised and abused on the outside and inside. Peel the banana, examine the inside, and point out the undesirable condition of the inside of the banana. Parallel the inside of the banana with the inside of your body if you abuse it with drugs and alcohol.

Every one of you are just like the first green banana (hold it up) growing daily with the choice to make positive decisions concerning your life. You have the personal power to say no to drugs and alcohol. Don’t end up like this (hold up the overripe banana) make the decision to be drug and alcohol free.

* Practice this demonstration prior to the presentation and extend the information on each stage of deterioration as you feel is necessary.

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