Dr. Joseph Shrand, Founder and Creator of Drug Story Theater
Drug Story Theater (DST) takes teens in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol, teaches them improvisational theater, and helps them craft their own unique stories into a play about their seduction of, addiction to and recovery from drugs and alcohol. They then perform this play to middle, high school and college audiences so “the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many.” Incorporating brain science with slides in between scenes, DST teaches how young people get addicted and how the adolescent brain is neurologically wired for addiction.
Drug Story Theater is an innovative, evidence-based, peer-to-peer treatment and prevention program. Surveys show that after seeing a 40-minute play, the audience overwhelmingly believes marijuana is addictive, and that drugs and alcohol have an adverse effect on relationships and the ability to succeed in school. In the talk back portion of a show, one of the main points Dr. Joseph Shrand (the creator of Drug Story Theater and a leading expert in adolescent addiction) addresses is how marijuana is a gateway drug to opioids.
Drug Story Theater, Inc. is a registered 501c3 nonprofit which has recently been asked to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to roll out our program across the Commonwealth.
To date, Drug Story Theater has performed for over 25,000 audience members in cities and towns across the Commonwealth!
Drug Story Theater targets and devotes its resources to both the treatment and prevention of adolescent substance abuse.
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Drug Story Theater currently performs in Massachusetts, although its message and mission can be applied all over the United States, and in fact all over the world.