The Facts and Fictions of Addiction, Recovery, and Relapse
Grades 7 - 8
1-2 Class Periods
- Dealing with Addiction (approximately 15 minutes)
"Dealing with Addiction" Jennifer Weiss-Burke speaks about her son Cameron a high school wrestler who was injured.
- OPTIONAL - The Demand for Opioids (approximately 15 minutes) – play end of chapter for alternative pain treatments
"The Demand for Opioids" Prior to the mid-90s, the use of opioids to treat pain was limited.
Students will be able to:
- Recognize whether a statement about addiction is a fact or not.
- List some options for addiction recovery.
- Explain why relapse occurs so often.
- Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
- Fact or Fiction Cards (396.6 KB)
- Fact or Fiction Answer Sheet (407.4 KB)
- FACT and FICTION signs (234.7 KB)
- Loose leaf paper
Students should be active note takers while watching the Understanding the Opioid Epidemic video segments. All students should participate in class discussion and the Fact or Fiction game. Students will turn in one fact written on a piece of paper as their “ticket” to leave.
Adaptations (Grades 9-12)
- Have the students choose one “FICTION” presented during the Fact or Fiction game and write a 1-page persuasive essay highlighting the reasons why the statement is fiction and not a fact. Students may use www.drugabuse.gov or www.cdc.gov as references.
National Health Standards
- Standard 1 - Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
- Standard 2 - Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
- Standard 3 - Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
- Standard 5 - Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.