Too Good for Drugs

Too Good for Drugs

Skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal prevention program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.

Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:

  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Bonding with pro-social others
  • Identifying and managing emotions
  • Communicating effectively

Too Good for Drugs in Elementary School teaches the fundamental elements of social and emotional learning through developmentally appropriate activities that set the foundation for a healthy adolescence. Lessons build the skills kids need to set daily goals, identify emotions and feelings, and make healthy choices that contribute to their overall health and well-being.

Too Good for Drugs in Middle School empowers teens to meet the challenges of middle school life, fostering confidence and building resistance to violence and substance abuse. In Middle School, the students set and reach more complex goals and, in the process, develop and practice strong decision-making skills and effective-communication skills.

Students also learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and associate with positive peer groups. Too Good for Drugs Middle School addresses environmental and developmental risk factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes teens need to make healthy decisions and avoid drug use. Drug topics are discussed in the context of expectations, peer pressure and influence, and the role of the media.

Too Good for Drugs in High School provides teenagers with real world challenges faced in high school by exploring practical guidance for understanding the negative health effects related to prescription drug misuse, underage drinking, marijuana abuse, opiod abuse, and nicotine use. Students also explore the stages of addiction and the risks associated with experimentation and

Social Emotional skill development promotes social awareness and self-awareness to equip teens to evaluate the social and peer influences they face as well as the internal pressures to take unhealthy risks to fit in with their peers or to escape. interactive activities challenge students to explore healthy alternatives to unhealthy risks as they work to reach their goals.