Product Number : 1863A
This series follows a group of kids struggling with varying levels of drug and alcohol consumption. Their stories are interwoven with Rand Teed's drug classes, his counseling sessions, interviews, their everyday lives, and their personal diary cams. Rand Teed challenges the students with the question: "Is your life better or worse from using drugs?" While some clean up their act using his method, not everyone is so lucky. Find out what happens to each of the kids in this ongoing series. Programs are 23-minutes each. Leaders' Guides are available online. Junior High - Adult.
Season 1 includes one each of the following DVD titles:
Welcome to Drug Class
Drug Class is not your conventional "in class" experience. Rand Teed encourages you to question everything you know and everything you THINK you know about substance abuse.
Just Say Know
In order to know where you're headed, you must know where you're at. Rand gives the students a quiz to help them find out where they are with their own substance abuse.
After surviving a near fatal ecstasy overdose, Kristie re-discovers how rewarding it can be to reconnect with her family.
What You Don't Know About Marijuana
Many viewers will already know what Marijuana looks, smells, and feels like. Learn what it is actually doing to you physically!
Kirsten has been clean and sober for a few months, but is struggling with how to best occupy her "clean" time. After talking to Rand she decides to look for a job and take part in a high school fashion show.
Rand breaks down all of the defense mechanisms that allow you to continue what's going on with you.
Travis has had a long history of poly substance abuse. Although he's been clean for a little while, he still engages in unhealthy thinking, and turns to self-mutilation to help solve his problems.
Normal? Brain Chemistry
Discover what effects drugs and alcohol have on your brain and how it effects your ability to feel "normal."
Cyara has been battling depression and is trying hard to find a way to recover from her past drug abuse by re-establishing some trust with her mother, Lauren.
The Four Horseman of the Drug Addiction Apocalypse
This episode looks at what character traits we need to work on to begin recovery from substance abuse and addiction.
Getting over an addiction isn't always a one shot deal. A relapse is possible and one must always guard against it.
Let's Make it to Graduation
Most families lose hope when they have a child who is experiencing substance problems. Although many of our main characters had significant problems, the help they received and the work they did allowed them to make it to their graduations.
Where do We Go from Here?
Rand recaps all the major ideas introduced throughout the series. Tune in to find out where our main characters are now!
Season 2 includes one each of the following DVD titles:
Welcome Back To Drug Class
A look back at season 1 and a preview of what is to come.
After several years of heavy drug and alcohol use, Kristie has now been clean and sober for 9 months. At 18 years old, Kristie realizes that her heavy usage arrested her emotional growth and that she is really lacking maturity. In order for Kristie to grow up, she must learn to face issues and concerns without drugs or alcohol.
Years of heavy drug use have damaged the relationship between Nolan and his mother. After becoming clean and sober, Nolan must now regain the trust and confidence of his mother.
Addiction is a Family Disease
Everybody suffers when there is a substance use problem in a home. This episode helps parents understand what the nature of the problem is and what they can do to help.
Carly and Zoe
Carly's older sister, Zoe began drinking and drug use when she entered high school. Zoe's change in behavior began to play havoc on the family dynamic; this deeply affected Carly. Carly talks about her relationship with Zoe, but as the story unfolds we also learn Carly is now becoming involved with illicit drugs and alcohol. As Zoe begins sobriety, she tries to tell her sister, "it is not worth the pain."
Impairment Part 1
This episode focuses on the seriousness of drinking and driving. In this episode we focus on a PSA by SADD that shows how drinking and driving can cause disabilities. Dwayne, the father of 21 year Melissa, who was killed by a drunk driver, shares how he is coping with her death. We also hear from Ted, the driver who was responsible for her death.
This episode follows Curtis as he prepares to leave a rehabilitation center. As an athlete, Curtis wants to fill his void by participating once again in sports. This hope is dashed temporarily, when Curtis breaks his leg.
Traumatic events are often the spark that starts a substance abuse problem. After years of keeping a secret and bearing the guilt, Chelsie tells her mother that she was sexually assaulted at a drinking party. Chelsie also visits a counselor to help her deal with her guilt and pain. Both her mother and the counselor tell Chelsie "that this was not her fault."
Impairment Part 2
Impaired driving continues to be a huge problem for youth. To illustrate this further, a mother who has recently lost a son to drinking and driving talks to Rand's class, and asks his students to drive responsible.
Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
Recovery is complicated. One of the issues faced by most people in the early stages of recovery is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. This episode explains the warning signs and symptoms as well as strategies to overcome the emotional turmoil involved.
Recovery is complicated; one of the things that helps many people is the development of their personal spirituality. This episode looks at some of the different approaches to getting connected to something bigger than you.
Last year Lauren began experimenting with drugs and alcohol, this year her usage has exploded. Rand arranges an intervention between Lauren and her parents to persuade Lauren to go to rehab. Lauren agrees, but her resistance to change continues to cause her problems.
Drug Class is about progress. In this episode we recap the stories of our participants and take a look at where they are now.
Season 3 includes one each of the following DVD titles:
Rand welcomes both viewers and students to Drug Class. The new season begins with Chelsie. Last season, Chelsie's episode ended with her pregnancy. Now Chelsie is back in class with her baby boy. Bev Drew, FASD Prevention Program Coordinator Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, talks to the class about FASD. Chelsie shares what it's like to be a mom and the responsibilities that come with it.
How Do I Get Help?
Megan comes to Rand to discuss her drug and alcohol problem. New to the Drug Class program, Rand gives Megan a salvia test which indicate what drugs are in her system. Megan reveals she has been into meth and ecstasy, uses marijuana and alcohol but feels she is ready to start making positive changes in her life. A few weeks later, the police find Megan and her friends drinking in an open field. Megan says she is in control and will quit when she is ready.
At 15, Hayley is preparing to celebrate her first year of sobriety. In an interview Hayley shares the insecurities that made her want to drink and how far she has come. A few weeks before her one-year sobriety birthday, Hayley slips. Upset, she talks with her counselor who helped her into sobriety. Her counselor reassures her she is doing well and encourages her to find her passion. Hayley decides to spend more time with her photography.
Caroline is working hard to become clean and sober. She realizes that her drug use has broken the trust with her family, who no longer want to see her. Caroline writes them a letter apologizing for the years of anguish she has put them through. She hopes it will be enough to get a second chance.
Rand shows his group SPECT images of normal brains and brain images of those who belong to people who have spent years drinking and doing drugs. Dr. Ekong, a neurosurgeon, provides a look at brains which have been eroded through drinking and drugs. Also featured is the video "Which Brain Do youWant?" courtesy of Dr. Amen from the Amen Clinics that helps teens realize that what they are doing is affecting them more than they know. Drug Class participants hold up different brain images and discuss what they think their brain might look like.
Michael has now been sober for five months. He decides he would like his independence and decides it is time to move out of his mom's house. Michael is disappointed when he realizes that being on his own is more than he can handle right now. Rand addresses the problems related to being on your own.
Jessa has significantly reduced her consumption of drug use, but continues to binge drink. Although Jessa feels she has much improved and is not ready to quit, Rand gives her a quiz that shows that her drinking habits are still serious. In a classroom session, Rand warns his students of the deadly effects of binge drinking.
Through the help of a treatment centre Megan has decided to quit drinking and doing drugs. As part of her treatment, Rand helps her and Hayley become involved in an FASD seminar where they will tell their story. Megan feels the seminar has helped her realize how far she has come which elevates her self-esteem.
Is Treatment Right for You?
After more relapses, Caroline discusses with Rand that she needs help and has decided to go back to a treatment centre. The episode takes a look into youth treatment centers and what is involved. In the end, Caroline decides to leave treatment after one week.
This episode shares the importance of staying healthy and ways of accomplishing this. Krystal talks about how friendships can be harmful and Rand helps her understand that what her friends do are not her responsibilities. The episode also takes a look at how to centre through meditation and Rand provides wristbands for the students so they can be more aware of their thoughts.
What is Codependency?
Michael and his mother Keely discuss their drug and alcohol problems and their co- dependency issues. They also have realized, that becoming clean and sober together has also strengthened their relationship and helped them become more independent.
The Dark Side of Drugs
Many of the youth feel that drugs and alcohol are a good way to have fun. Many don't realize that repeated use takes them into the dark side of life. Hayley and others share their thoughts on suicide; and Cst. Rene Shank of the RCMP talks about the chemicals used to make drugs in dirty clandestine labs.
Participants from Drug Class 1 and 2 join the Drug Class 3 participants to share where they are now, and how Drug Class has helped improve their lives.
DVDs also sold individually.
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