• What are the personal costs of drug use?
  • What are the social costs of drug use?

Part One - Personal Recovery

A. Video

Listen and Watch Tina talk about her addiction to methamphetamine. She will refer to it as “crank” in the video

  • What kind of childhood did Tina have? What terrible things did she face?
  • When and why did Tina begin using drugs?
  • How quickly did it become a problem for her?
  • How much does Tina estimate she has spent on drugs in her life?
  • How was Tina’s public school life different from her life with drugs?
  • After she left home and her drug addiction got much worse, why did none of Tina’s friends try to help her?
  • Tina describes a series of arrests and trouble with the police. What led her to finally try to live without drugs?
  • What impression do you have of Tina? Are you surprised that she was once a drug addict?

B. Recovery Tools

Many people who have substance abuse issues use an organization like Alcoholics Anonymous to help deal with their problem. These kinds of groups are called 12-Step Programs.

Look at the 12 steps below and see if you can explain why they have been so successful for people.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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