Teens in Program Share Skills for Life

Teens in Program Share Skills for Life This semester students at eight Evansville, IN schools are reaping the benefits of Botvin LifeSkills Training. Instead of merely teaching students about the impact of drugs and alcohol, the program focuses on combating the underlying causes of substance abuse. Students develop skills to help them make healthy lifestyle choices. They include:

• Drug resistance skills: Students are taught practical information regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and learn effective ways to deal with peer and media pressure.

• Personal self-management skills: Students learn about helpful coping skills to reduce anxiety and stress, improve self-image and identify consequences to maladaptive behaviors.

• Social skills: Students are taught to recognize verbal and non-verbal communication skills along with improved communication and assertiveness skills.

Research consistently has shown that when students acquire these skills, they are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors.

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