This series, designed for elementary-aged children, presents information on legal and illegal drugs in an easy to understand way. The 15-minute programs delve into the impact of the use and abuse of these substances on the human body, individuals, and society. Through vintage footage, animation, graphics, and scientific demonstrations, the series explores the various types of substance abuse and addiction and their impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole.
Effects of Weed on Your Body and Brain
Using vintage footage, the program opens with a discussion of how peoples' attitudes about marijuana have changed dramatically over the years, but the one thing is certain; marijuana changes the way the brain functions. Students will learn how the THC in marijuana enters the lungs, is absorbed into the bloodstream, and enters the brain almost immediately. Viewers will come to understand the immediate effects of marijuana use on various body systems. The program discusses the effects of marijuana on attention, memory and learning and sites the evidence from scientific studies on the long-term, harmful changes in the brain. In addition, the program explores the use of medical marijuana and its legalization as a recreational drug in different states, which would pertain to its legalization in Canada as of October 17 2018. After viewing this program, students will:
*Understand that marijuana changes the way the brain functions
*Learn the immediate effects of marijuana on the body systems
*Understand marijuana has negative effects on attention, memory and learning
*Learn that marijuana is a drug that can be prescribed for medical purposes
*Recognize that marijuana is an illegal recreational drug
How Addiction Enslaves Your Brain
In many surveys, the vast majority of teenagers report that when they do something their parents wouldn't approve of, they're just pursuing their freedom. This program begins the discussion of addiction and dependency from the point of view of surrendering your freedom. Students will learn that there are different types of addiction and that addiction is a persistent and compulsive dependence on an unhealthy behavior. In the program, students will come to understand the difference between psychological and physical dependence. Viewers will be introduced to a scientific theory called the cycle of addiction and learn that scientific research has shown that addiction is a disease that harms the brain and effects behavior.
UNDERAGE DRINKING: Dangers and Consequences
The program starts off with an explanation of what alcohol is, how it's produced, and its role as a celebratory beverage in our society. Students will come to understand the reasons alcohol is illegal to consume for persons under the age of twenty-one. The video delves into the immediate effects of alcohol consumption on blood circulation and breathing. Viewers will learn alcohol sedates the central nervous system and how it impacts parts of the brain responsible for emotion and behavior. The program explores the negative effects of alcohol abuse and addiction on a person, family and the community. In the end, students will come to understand that the decisions they make about alcohol will influence their health, grades, relationships, career and their freedom.
TOBACCO, VAPING AND NICOTINE
Using vintage footage, this program shows viewers how the social attitudes about smoking have changed dramatically over the past several decades. The program then focuses on the short term and long-term, negative effects of smoking tobacco and vaping. It explains the addictive power of nicotine, a substance found in tobacco. Students will see real, vivid scientific demonstrations of the damaging effect of smoking on the respiratory system and circulatory system. Animation and graphics help to present how smoking negatively affects every part of the human body and discusses the health and financial costs to individuals and the society.
HEROIN: Abuse and Addiction
This program begins with a discussion about how our instincts drive us to avoid pain or remove pain from our lives. From this perspective, the video explains the difference between healthy and unhealthy approaches to getting rid of pain. Students will learn about prescription opioids and the potential risk of addiction that is identified by two key components, tolerance and withdrawal. The program then targets the short and long term effects of heroin use, and explains how it harms various body systems. Students will come to understand that heroin addiction goes beyond physical dependence, and that once addicted to heroin, a person's primary goal in life is to find and ingest the drug.
Millions of people use alcohol and other drugs in a manner that would be considered harmful. How do they know when they've crossed the line into abuse or addiction? Clarifying the difference is crucial for accurate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
You can become addicted to just about anything. It becomes a serious problem when it takes you away from the things you normally do. Some people have a predisposition to addiction and Will's story shows that anyone can fall dangerously into addiction. It started with video games addiction which was the beginning of the slippery slope that almost cost him his life. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. He could never imagine that at the age of 17 he would be living on the streets addicted to Crack Cocaine and near death. His remarkable story now brings so much hope to those that struggle with addiction and he now dedicates his life to helping youth.
Lindsay (Eekwol) grew up in the First Nations community. She experienced an unforgiving world of drugs, alcohol and violence within her family. As a child, she lived in fear while her parents and their friends had endless parties that often broke out in fights. As she grew up in this environment, she soon developed into an abuser of drugs and alcohol herself. Falling victim to blackouts and on one occasion she almost died one night lying unconscious on the highway. This seminal moment caused her devoted sister to give up on her - unless she changed her ways. For the first time in her life, she listened, and the path of being clean and sober led to becoming a successful solo female aboriginal hip hop artist.
The above program is from the TEENS 101 SERIES - a multi-media initiative towards reaching, guiding, empowering, and inspiring youth through the issues that can affect their mental health and well being. The series communicates from a youth's perspective topics such as: depression and anxiety, addiction, self harm, mental illness, bullying, body image, self worth, family dysfunction, racism, sexuality and LGBTQ.
Combining interviews with experts and personal accounts from youth and their parents, TEENS 101 will help guide them through these difficult years and illustrates the major issues opposing youth today. From multiculturalism and family dynamics to media influences and mental health issues, TEENS 101 will provide thoughtful, informative and vital information to help youth and adults come to grips with the trials and tribulations associated with the teenage years. In this compelling thirteen-part television series about the world of a teenager in the new millennium, we take the viewer through the journey from adolescence to adulthood, examining the health and wellness of teenagers in today. This documentary-style series will examine the issues facing young people as they progress through high school and make the decisions that will affect them far into the future. This dynamic and thought provoking series will speak to people of all ages, opening up new topics for discussion for both parents and teens alike, and addressing the difficulties of growing up in the 21st Century.
*Thirteen programs 22 minutes each:
I'M NOT ADDICTED: Will's Story
DON'T DISS MY ABILITIES: Michelle's Story
BREAKING POVERTY: Billionaire PA's Story
BROKEN FAMILIES: Lydia's Story
LGBTQ - Acceptance: Joey's Story
STRESS AND CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS: Eileen's Story
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: Eleanor's Story
ADDICTION IN FIRST NATIONS: Lindsay's Story
DEPRESSION AND EATING DISORDER: Sterling's Story
DEPRESSION AND SELF-HARM: Brittany's Story
IDENTIFYING TRANSGENDER: David's Story
SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING: Cristina's Story
ASPERGER'S: Sean's Story
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Featuring interviews with both experts and people who have experienced treatment themselves, TREATMENT BASICS gives clients and their loved ones a better understanding of what to expect throughout substance use disorder treatment.
Created to work with both adults and young adults, this engaging video includes the following chapters:
1. Do I Need Help?
2. What Kind of Help Is Available?
3. What Will Withdrawal Be Like?
4. How Can I Be Successful in Treatment?
5. How Do I Take Care of Myself While My Loved One Is in Treatment?
6. How Can I Support My Loved One in Treatment?
This video can complement an existing curriculum, or each chapter can be used independently. The accompanying flash drive contains a facilitator guide--which includes background information, preparation instructions, discussion questions, and additional activities - and client fact sheets to create dynamic learning sessions in either one-on-one or group settings.
TREATMENT BASICS is ideal for use in a variety of settings, including in interventions, primary care settings, correctional settings, educational settings, community groups, and therapeutic settings focused on substance use disorder treatment.
MORE is an award-winning, evidence-based program created to support clients in the critical months after treatment and move them toward effective self-management. MORE uses core education, guidance and skill-building activities and resources that facilitators can easily use to help clients succeed in initiating and sustaining recovery. MORE includes three primary components: a facilitator guide, client workbooks, and a program DVD.
The FACILITATOR GUIDE offers simple, step-by-step instruction making it easy to jump into any MORE lesson and facilitate a positive learning experience with clients.
THREE CLIENT WORKBOOKS (additional copies may be purchased) provide education and skill building on essential recovery topics with activities that demonstrate how to put that guidance into action in their lives. Each workbook includes pocket power resources clients can print and keep for quick reference.
The DVD includes 30 one to five minute video clips on topics that complement the lessons in MORE. It also includes two brief audio meditations that can be used to help clients learn to practice meditation as a grounding and relaxation technique.