Upper School Program

On-site program for upper school students


Creative Drug Education is committed to providing
accurate information about alcohol and (selective)
other drugs, which are most likely to be experimented
with during the adolescent years of development. This
information is presented in the context of “shared use,” the most common social context of usage among the current adolescent population.

Creative Drug Education is dedicated to a better understanding of the nature of and influence of drugs, including alcohol, on the brain of the user, with special attention given to the changing connections between the user of such drugs and her/his feelings, perceptions, and relationships.

Creative Drug Education believes that accurate information, delivered in a cognitive manner, within the social-emotional context in which drugs are experimented with and used, provides the greatest opportunity for students to make decisions that lead to chemical-free lifestyles. This program is a prevention-based model.

Program Description

Creative Drug Education presents a 4-5 day program exclusively for students who attend independent middle schools and high schools located throughout the United States. While all of the educational units are well established, each program is designed to address the informational and educational needs of the specific school into which the program is presented.

An initial program is presented to a specific class, which is designated by school personnel. The class is divided into groups and each group receives one session per day for the duration of the program. The sessions are delivered in 40-60 minutes segments that conform to existing academic classroom schedules.

The seven units from which three to five are chosen are as follows:

1. Dynamics of Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependency

This unit includes the most current information on alcohol. This unit is designed to demonstrate to students how the seemingly innocuous exercise of “experimenting” can have long term ramifications as it establishes a baseline of emotional trust, one which can easily lead to dependence, and finally to addiction. This information has been cited by numbers of students as having the effect of delaying experimentation, modifying the use of some of peers who are using substances, and leading others who are using to the cessation of usage altogether.

2. Marijuana Revisited

This educational session includes the best current research, gleaned from joint studies of Canada and Australia.

3. Cocaine, Heroin and the Exotics

(MDMA: “Ecstasy;” Ketamine: “Special K,” GHB: “KO;” LSD: “acid,” and Methamphetamine) This unit is in continual fluctuation to include information on drugs that are available at any given time within specific geographic areas.

4. Pharmaceuticals:

Amphetamine, pain killers, etc. The newest craze.

5. Families Affected by Chemical Dependency

6. Friends Helping Friends

7. Eating Issues, Gambling, Spending (Shopping) and Dynamics of Dependency

Other available programs offered by Creative Drug Education and the Center for Personal Responsibility, subject to additional fees, include:

1. An Evening for Parents “Parenting for Safety”

(There is a total of 12 hours of education available to parents. These are available in a series of 90 minute workshops or a weekend retreat.)

2. Faculty Workshops “Adolescent Development and Changes in A Dynamic Culture”

(2 ½ - 4 hours Great session for fall orientation!)

3. All-community Assembly

(30-45 minutes)

4. Student Leadership Training

(Total: 6 hours)

5. Proctor/Prefect Training

(4 hours)

6. Parent Weekend Retreat

(Adolescent Development and Progressive Parenting) Minimum:  20 Parents

7. Administrative Review

This work focuses on a review of existing policies and procedures and includes a review of the Parent/Student and Faculty handbooks, existing guidelines for addressing the consequences, of both a health and punitive nature, of alcohol and other drug infractions, and prevention strategies. A comprehensive written report will be submitted within 30 days of the review.

Please send inquiries to:

Richard J. T. Ryan, M.A., President

Creative Drug Education

Center for Personal Responsibility

12220 W 26th Avenue

Lakewood, CO 80215

303-275-9426 (Home office)

720-985-5505 (Cell)

email: creativedrugeducation@yahoo.com

Creative Drug Education

Lakewood, CO  |  303-275-9426 (Home office)  |  720-985-5505 (Cell)

email: creativedrugeducation@yahoo.com