Use a decision-making process to evaluate how the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs affects individuals, families and society.
Write the objectives and guiding questions on the board.
Introduce topic by describing, activity name, content standard, and objectives.
Begin the session by asking participants the following question:
-About how many decisions do we make in a day?
-What is the first decision we make on a given day?
-What is the last decision we make at the end of the day?
Provide some samples of the decisions we make on a daily basis:
-When to get out of bed
-What to wear in the morning
-What to eat for breakfast, etc.
Ask again, About how many decisions do we make in a day?
Comment to participants that for the most part, there are many decisions that we make but do not have serious consequences. However, there are decisions that we make sometimes that will affect our lives forever.
Ask the participants to help identify at least 3 important decisions we need to make in our life time.(getting married, going to school, quitting school, etc.)
After you complete the list, ask the participants if those decisions have long term implications. Get some feedback and samples to the comments the participants provide.
Pose the following question to the participants:
-Do you think that when we decided to begin drinking, it was a decision with similar consequences such as the ones we discussed already? Why, why not?
Notify the participants that you will show a video that illustrates how we only need to make one bad decision to affect the rest of our lives.
Show the video, "One Bad Decision."
After the movie ends, have the participants express their feeling about the video.
Ask the following questions:
-What are the 4 recommendations the main characters offers to the audience?
Why do you think he was mentioning all the things he liked doing before the accident?
As a final activity, ask the participants to assist you identify 3 specific strategies that can help individuals make the right decision next time they are in a situation in which the outcomes could be devastating.
Identify at least 3 specific situations and then, at least 2 strategies to make sure that a decision-making process is in place for them to use.