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"fall off the wagon" = start drinking again after a period

"My sister went three months without drinking, and then she lost her job and fell off the wagon."


"do drugs" = to use illegal drugs

"Unfortunately, Matthew's friends have been doing drugs for a long time."

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Drug Addiction
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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difficultdrug addiction and treatmentconversationman - woman03:31

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Drug addiction is more than just the use of illegal street drugs. People can also struggle with the illegal and overuse of prescription medications. How much do schools educate children in your city or country on these issues and solutions to drug addiction?

HELPFUL TIP: Be open with friends and family. Talk about the dangers of drug addiction and seek professional help as needed.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. How are Stephanie and Brandon related?
A. Stephanie is Brandon's sister.
B. Brandon and Stephanie are engaged.
C. Brandon and Stephanie are colleagues.

2. The first sign of Stephanie's problem is that she has been __________.
A. missing work
B. buying expensive clothing
C. sleeping in a lot

3. Stephanie said she needed money to ___________.
A. pay for school tuition
B. repair her vehicle
C. cover medical expenses

4. It appears that Stephanie stole money from ________.
A. her work
B. her sister's car
C. her boyfriend's apartment

5. If Stephanie doesn't make changes in her life, she could ___________.
A. lose her school scholarship
B. have serious financial problems
C. get in trouble with the police


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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Discuss the problems of drug use and drug addiction you have seen in your schools, neighborhood, and city. What are some of the influences that lead people to experiment with drugs?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find information on these questions:

  • What are the warning signs that someone is addicted to drugs?
  • What are suggestions on how family and friends can help in such situations?
  • What are the penalties for drug possession in two different countries other than your own?
  • Under what situations can a drug rehab program be helpful to patients and their families?

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