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Nashville, TN: Drug education courses in schools across the country are hardly novel. Many have been around for decades and consequently mocked in some circles for those same decades. The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is perhaps the most infamous in U.S. schools.

Vertava Health is an addiction treatment provider that specializes in providing high-quality, individualized treatment plans to each patient. Vertava Health operates several treatment centers in a variety of states including Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Massachusetts, and Mississippi. Some states offer outpatient centers for flexible continuous treatment while other locations offer a residential experience that often begins with medically supervised detoxification.

Changing the Broken Cycle In Drug Education

Alongside Vertava Health’s individualized and dual diagnosis approach to mental health and addiction treatment, the organization regularly updates a blog with a variety of articles that offer clear and important information about current events as they relate to addiction, the recovery journey, the effects of addiction, and mental well-being.

Vertava Health’s recent publication outlines the current failings of the way drug education is taught in schools and offers drug education program developers an optimistic challenge when it comes to restructuring modern drug education.

The article begins by putting forth the clear statement that modern drug education has been failing, and this isn’t a new problem. The blog explains that many of these programs try to achieve goals through fear-based education. The article reports that, “With the goal of abstinence in fear-based education through programs such as D.A.R.E., completely abstinent teens are hard to find.” Even within the past several years, rates of high schoolers who have tried alcohol and illicit drugs are on the rise.

Meanwhile, Vertava Health cites a 2014 study from the National Institutes of Health that found approximately two-thirds of states elect not to use “evidence-based” standards in the drug awareness curriculum. The fear-based approach to encourage abstinence is still widely prevalent.

The infamous D.A.R.E. program came into existence during the War on Drugs period in the U.S., a period that lasted from the late 1970s to the early 80s. Numerous schools looked to D.A.R.E. to prevent children from turning to substance use.

As the blog points out, research has not found any indication that the widespread D.A.R.E. program actually made a difference. The article explains that this kind of fear-based education was not only ineffective at increasing the rates of substance use in teenagers, but this kind of programming did not reduce the negative stigma around addiction and its labels.

Vertava Health ends its publication by encouraging evolution in drug education that fosters a more compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental course. Regular discussion, rather than viewing and shunning addiction as a fear-riddled taboo subject, the blog notes, would be much more effective.

Individuals interested in Vertava Health’s blog publications or addiction treatment programs can contact the facility through its website or by calling (615) 800-6116.

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For more information about Vertava Health, contact the company here:

Vertava Health
615-208-2941
info@vertavahealth.com
205 Reidhurst Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

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