Ice Ice Baby: Teaching Addiction Using Experiential Learning and Reflection

Pamela Pitman Brown, Colleen R. Bennett, Carol Ann Ham


This activity was previously presented at the 2016 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Conference in Long Beach, California.


Students are often reluctant to realize that their parents, grandparents, or older clients may be using or abusing drugs. Recent research indicates that alcohol is the most frequently abused substance among adults over 50. Prescriptions rank second, but research shows dramatic increases in the use of illicit drugs by older females. Additionally, the over 50 age group had the highest hospital admission for illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, or opiates. The addiction simulation exercise ICE ICE BABY provides students with a deeper understanding of addiction, including an insight into the social experiences of drug/alcohol use and abuse. Explicit directions for using the exercise are included as well as reflections from students within two programs.

Keywords: drug addiction, simulations, active learning, experiential learning

DOI: 10.7176/JEP/11-6-16

Publication date: February 29th 2020

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