Grade Level: 6-12
Gateway to Addiction
Gateway to Addiction
Guidance Health/Safety At Risk
Teen addicts speak in their own words about how their lives spiraled out of control after using drugs. Viewers will meet Victor, a smart, popular and athletic student until, at age 12, he started smoking cigarettes, and then marijuana. After lying, cheating, skipping school, and running away from home, he is now in rehab, trying to change his behavior. However, with a 90% relapse rate among drug users, he faces a lifetime struggle. "Gateway" also features Ebony, who went from smoking cigarettes at 13 to using marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamines all within one year. Now, she visits classrooms to dissuade students from doing drugs. "Gateway" identifies the most common gateway drugs—nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana—and presents research which suggests that they may cause permanent changes in the adolescent brain after a single exposure. Kids can go from being drug-free to full blown addicts in just a few months. "Gateway" demonstrates how experimenting with drugs without considering the consequences is like playing with fire, and can destroy lives and families.
- Correlated to Health, At-Risk & Safety Standards in those states with Health & Safety Standards, and to Life Science (Human Body) standards in many other states (most states mandate substance abuse and other at-risk education at various places in their K-12 curricula)
- Instructional designs that combine “scare/shock” with “reasonable/factual” approaches to changing student behavior, which have oscillated this “Guidance” strand of education back and forth in the last 30 years
- Students’ points of view used to give these behavioral programs maximum credibility with their target school-age audiences
- Award-winning (Emmy & many others), television-level production values also give these programs credibility with the media-saturated target audience of pre-teen and teenage viewers
- Only recently produced at-risk programs with a new approach that will equally satisfy student behavior modification needs of counselors, teachers, administrators and students alike
- Unlike many at-risk programs produced over the last decades, these programs focus more on causes of behavior and less on the “de jour” symptoms, such as specific substances abused, STDs, etc.
- Combination of the above factors ensure that these programs will change students’ behaviors quickly, which is the primary motive for educators to purchase them
- Recently updated for classroom use