This week (12-9-2019) we combined sessions 2 and 3 of the Powerful Communities curriculum.
These lessons focused on the brain and how it is affected by substances – specifically opioids, and how these substances can change our behaviors. The youth learned more about opioids and the brain with hands-on activities like building a brain from play-doh.
Caregivers were given information about the history of opioids and how they have impacted our rural areas. They also discussed the changes that can occur in their youth when substances are being used, but they also discovered that many of the same signs/changes are typical hormonal changes. This allowed us to further discuss the importance of reflexive listening and not jumping to conclusions when talking to our youth.
Everyone was blown away by how much of a distraction the ball was when added to the telephone game. It was a perfect representation of how substances impact your ability to concentrate and function.
During the family session, we played several games that illustrated how the brain is changed when outside substances are introduced. The crowd favorite was the telephone game.