Use Education (DUE) is not complex. In fact, it's easier to teach
Drug Use than it is to teach Drug Abuse, simply because there are so many
ways something can be done wrong. The trouble is that we spend too much time
examining theories in answering questions that are still largely
unknown: Why are some people drawn to chemical substances and others
are not? This can be explored on psychological, sociological,
genetic, and thus, physiological levels. Well, they just
are. We don't need to look at case after case for the
answers. The reason why drug education programs get tossed so often
is because so many feel that these questions need to be examined
first. The truth is, it doesn't make much of a difference why
someone is drawn to drugs and others are not. The goal of DUE
is to end the abuse of drugs. To do so only requires that the student knows there
is a distinction between use and abuse and that there two principal
reasons why abuse exists. One maintains that there is an internal
source and the other that there is an external source or reason. That is
of any kind begins with self-hate (learned behavior).
become abused by anyone who is not properly trained how to administer
medications. (lack of knowledge)
core of DUE is to replace self-hate with a sense of self worth and to
teach students the importance of doses. Believe it or not, there are
many who don't know what a dose is or the significance of proper
majority of youth are first introduced to drugs by someone they
know. There's no rule here, but it's more difficult for a
total stranger to attach themselves to someone's life unless they have a
foundation. The scenario of the stranger and the lost puppy is too
overplayed for this generation's kids not to be aware that they can be
lured away. The persons that a parent needs to fear are those that
they usually fear least. A best friend or neighborhood friend
with an older cousin visiting from out of town is often the way that most
suburbanites get introduced. Today, many kids learn about
drugs from watching their parents use them. Because drugs are taboo,
they attract certain types of kids. A child who takes risks is more
likely to try drugs today, however, it is not just trying drugs but
setting the stage for needing them that becomes the problem. In a
neighborhood where there are gangs, membership might be a protocol, but
there are gang members who won't find the attraction to drugs. Then
there are 12-year olds who are compelled to try anything. Why?
The theory is that someone who is neglected by their family will surely
develop a habit. But the cost of drugs and the constant bombardment
of advertising that teaches kids to fear drugs has created a whole new
LA, "Scott", a 17-year-old male who recently tested
HIV-positive, said that he was turned off to using pot, cocaine, and
crystal meth. For Scott, his drug of choice was gasoline that he
learned how to huff from his girlfriend, "Cindy" who grew up
with three brothers who would get her high and take turns sexually abusing
her. Cindy was infected by HIV when she was 14 and had just
moved to LA. Scott and Cindy had one special thing in
common: they were taught to dislike who they were. Cindy
was an unwanted child. She was hated by her stepmother and
that perpetuated a self-hate that grew out of control. Scott
was also an unwanted child and Cindy knew how to make Scott feel
appreciate. In the end, Cindy knew that she wanted Scott to have HIV,
because if she was going to suffer the consequences, she wanted someone to
share in her misery.
hate is still the biggest problem facing young gay
youth, Despite the gay TV programs, there are no
role models for gays and lesbians. In fact, today, self hate is
exacerbated by programs that present stereotypes.
cornerstone of DUE is identifying those youth who exhibit certain
characteristics uared away. However, once HIV became a
treatable disease, the anger and hostility returned.
that have remained in the forefront.
PROGRAMS PERPETUATE THIS FEELING OF WORTHLESSNESS, THINKING THAT THIS
WILL CURB THE ABUSIVE PATTERN.
SIMPLY EXACERBATES THE PROBLEM, ENABLING THE VICTIM TO ABUSE AGAIN AND
WE DON'T NEED TO TEACH DRUG ABUSERS IT'S OKAY FOR THEM TO FAIL.
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE ONLY SOLUTION IS
SIMPLY TO STOP USING DRUGS.