National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

NIDA’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is a great time to talk in your community about substance abuse awareness and prevention. We have developed a new playlist and included our brand-new storyteller, Matt Bellace, who addresses the growing issue of vaping.

Each Storyteller video features opportunities for reflection and discussion as well as activities that your kids can participate in. All of the activities provided are friendly for at-home use, and some engage the entire family!

  • Step 1 Watch A Natural High Video
  • Step 2 Discuss Together As A Group
  • Step 3 Go Deeper Through Fun Activities
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The playlist includes:

Matt Bellace, Ph.D (about Vaping), Tony Hawk – Pro Skateboarder, Dartanyon Crockett – Paralympic Judo Athlete, Donald Brown – NFL Running Back, Danyelle Wolf – World Champion Boxer, Cassadee Pope – Singer/Songwriter,

Matt Bellace, Ph.D (about Vaping)

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

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Question #1:

What did you know about the Master Settlement Agreement before this video? What do you know now?

Question #2:

What kinds of comparisons can you draw between vaping and smoking cigarettes?

Question #3:

What about vaping might be appealing to kids and teens?

Question #4:

Matt suggests that vaping offers an immediate physical response which can be perceived as stress relief. What makes it dangerous?

Question #5:

What physical strategies do you use for relieving stress?

Question #6

What do you think Matt means when he suggests you take the attitude of “you’re not experimenting on me?”

Tony Hawk – Pro Skateboarder

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Tony was exposed to drugs at a young age and saw that they could affect performance. He didn’t want to compromise his own skating performance. Is there something you feel you wouldn’t want to compromise?

Question #2:

Tony suggests that it’s hard to say “no” to drugs and alcohol. How do you say, “no”?

Question #3:

Tony describes the feeling of creating his own tricks as a buzz. In what ways are you creative? When do you feel your own “buzz?”

Question #4:

Tony says that a natural high to him is being present and enjoying what you do on a physical and mental level. When have you experienced that feeling of being present and enjoying something on a physical and mental level?

Dartanyon Crockett – Paralympic Judo Athlete

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

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Question #1:

What would you say is Dartanyon’s main character strength? What about him makes you think that?

Question #2:

Dartanyon’s father struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and it deeply affected how Dartanyon grew up. How would your life be different if you did not have a parent or guardian who was able to support you?

Question #3:

At Natural High, we believe that having a passion can improve all aspects of your life. How did wrestling and helping others improve Dartanyon’s life?

Question #4:

How has Dartanyon’s opinion of himself and his abilities changed over time?

Question #5:

Dartanyon says that there is always someone who can relate to your story. How do you relate to Dartanyon’s story?

Donald Brown – NFL Running Back

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

It’s easy to say you want to do something - you need commitment and dedication to see it through. What helps you with keeping a commitment. What derails you?

Question #2:

Describe a time you were dedicated to doing something and you succeeded or failed. How did you feel? What happened next as a result?

Question #3:

When Donald was thinking about quitting football he decided to stick with it after thinking about who he was playing for. Who do you work hard for? Why?

Question #4:

Sometimes we fall victim to peer pressure to look cool or gain the respect of others. Donald says that people knew what he stood for and that helped people respect him. What do you think he means by this and do you stand for something that could help you gain respect?

Question #5:

What do you think Donald means by putting on your blinders?

Question #6:

Have you ever had a dream come true or a wish fulfilled? What did it feel like?

Danyelle Wolf – World Champion Boxer

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

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Question #1:

How do you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Why?

Question #2:

Describe a time you have had a sense of accomplishment.

Question #3:

What does it mean to you to be a fighter?

Question #4:

What do you fight for? How does it make you feel?

Question #5:

Danyelle says that the decision to stay off drugs molded her life. How might it mold your life?

Question #6:

Hanging around with the wrong crowd, according to Danyelle, can affect your choices. Do you agree? Why or why not? Have you experienced this? If so, please describe.

Cassadee Pope – Singer/Songwriter

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

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Question #1:

Cassadee worked hard to sing, starting lessons at age four. Do you think a Natural High has to be something you are intrinsically good at? Why?

Question #2:

Cassadee talks about her group of friends and how that has been important for her support system. Who makes up your support system?

Question #3:

Cassadee seems comfortable saying, “no.” How do you say, “no” when it’s hard?

Question #4:

Cassadee’s friends seemed to be curious and began to experiment with drugs. Are you curious about using drugs and alcohol?

Question #5:

Who can you talk to about using drugs and alcohol?

Question #6:

How would you define a drug addiction?

Question #7:

Is it ever safe to experiment with drugs?

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