The Know the Truth™ program is a substance use prevention program geared towards high school and middle school students.
Through the use of evidence-based, interactive learning and role playing methods, our Know the Truth™ prevention advocates engage and educate students to increase their awareness of the physical, emotional, and intellectual dangers of drug and alcohol use. An independent 2018 study found that the Know the Truth program drove significant increases in students' establishing healthy attitudes towards substances and substance use.
The program is provided free of charge and can be tailored to the needs of your school or organization; we will work with you to address concerns or issues most relevant for your local school and community.
The Know the Truth™ program examines topics such as alcohol, marijuana, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, prescription pills, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. While prevention advocates address the dangers of drug and alcohol use, they also discuss risk factors that may increase the likelihood of youth substance use. These risk factors may include: isolation or alienation, stress, social pressure, poor grades and motivation, trauma, and mental health, among others. All presentations are administered by trained prevention advocates; these young men and women have all, in the past, struggled with these topics; consequently, they are able to connect and relate with students on a level that few others can achieve.
During the 2018-2019 school year, our Know the Truth™ prevention team partnered with 160+ Minnesota high schools, middle schools, and community organizations; we brought "the truth about substance use" to 60,000+ students in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Know the Truth Chemical Health Support Groups
Know the Truth™ Prevention Program currently facilitates chemical health support groups in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. There are seven high schools in Anoka County that we are currently serving. We host three groups per school and provide one-on-one meetings with students.
The groups are split into different areas of focus, tailored to best fit the current needs of the students who attend. The three group options are as follows:
Students who are currently struggling with substance use.
Students seeking recovery.
Students impacted by a family member or loved ones substance use disorder.
Our mission is to help students overcome the challenges in their lives, learn to live a chemical free life, teach them how to support loved ones struggling with addiction and set healthy boundaries.
Chemical health support groups are an opportunity for students to open up about their struggles and gain support from a trained prevention specialist and other students faced with similar challenges. The groups provide evidence based curriculum to work towards practical changes in their lives.
If your school is interested in utilizing Know the Truth Chemical Health Support Services please reach out to Amber Hewitt, Amber.Hewitt@mntc.org.