In these 32 new writing prompts, students will think about the prevalence and availability of drugs and alcohol, as well as the mental and physical effects that substance abuse can have on a person. As they imagine ways to say no and figure out how they would help a friend who was having trouble with substance abuse, students will gain a deeper understanding of the different types of pressure they face and the various reasons that some people might turn to mood-altering substances in the first place.
This October, participate in National Substance Abuse Prevention Month by teaching your students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse is on the rise, with kids and teens all across the country usually able to get easy access to drugs and other illicit substances from their friends.
Turning down a drink at a party or refusing marijuana and cigarettes can be tough for teens who desperately want to fit in with their peers. That’s why it’s up to parents and teachers to educate students early on about the dangers of these harmful substances and the risk of addiction.
Getting through the teenage years without giving in to the peer pressure around drugs and alcohol can be tough. However, when students are well informed about the risks of substance abuse, they’ll be much better prepared to handle situations where they are offered drugs or where everyone else is participating in smoking or drinking. Use these journal prompts to get students thinking about their own beliefs on substance abuse and the best ways to protect themselves from peer pressure.
Substance Abuse Prevention: 32 Writing Ideas for Kids
- Why do you think people do drugs and drink alcohol?
- Does the way that drugs and alcohol are shown in TV and movies ever make you want to try them? Why or why not?
- What would you do if you saw a friend taking drugs or drinking?
- Have you ever been offered drugs or alcohol? How did you handle the situation?
- Is it possible to control your usage of drugs and alcohol so that you don’t get addicted? Why or why not?
- What can you do during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to discourage other people from trying drugs and alcohol?
- What types of resources are available to students your age who are suffering with substance abuse problems? Do you feel like these resources would be easy for you to connect with if you needed them?
- If you’re turning down a drink or drugs at a party, should you just say no? Or should you tell people why you don’t want to try it? Why?
- Are drugs and alcohol considered to be cool at our school? Why or why not?
- Why is it okay for adults to drink but not kids? What should the legal drinking age be?
- Have you ever seen someone who was affected by drug or alcohol abuse? How did that person act?
- Is there ever a situation in which it is safe to try drugs or alcohol?
- What would you do if you saw someone selling drugs at your school?
- What do you think it feels like to take drugs? Do you think this is why other people try them?
- Are some groups of people more likely to do drugs than others? Why or why not?
- Sometimes teens start doing drugs because they are bored. What are some alternative hobbies you could take up to have fun?
- Have your parents ever talked to you about drugs and alcohol? What did they say?
- Write about three potential scenarios when someone your age might be offered drugs—and then come up with solutions to handle each one.
- What are some of the greatest dangers of drug and alcohol abuse?
- Why do students feel pressured to try drugs and to drink?
- Do you know anyone who sells drugs or alcohol to students at our school? How many people do you think he or she sells to?
- Why do people do things that they know will hurt them?
- Are teens more likely to start doing drugs or to start drinking? Why?
- If someone offered you drugs or alcohol and you didn’t want to try it, how would you say no?
- What would you do if a person offering you drugs or alcohol wouldn’t take no for an answer?
- How old were you when you first learned about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse? How did this shape your perspective on illicit substances?
- Are some substances more dangerous than others? Why or why not?
- What are some of the risks associated with prescription drugs? Why is it so important to be careful with these drugs as well?
- Why do music, movies, and television shows make drugs and alcohol look glamorous?
- Have you ever felt pressured to try drugs or alcohol because you saw someone who you looked up to doing it? How did you handle the situation?
- How do drugs change people? Write about both the emotional and the physical effects.
- List five ways that you could help a friend who was using drugs or alcohol.
Oh, and check out our Substance Abuse Prevention Education article.
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