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How to Handle Peer Pressure When It Comes to Drugs

RobertCordrayWhen you are growing up, there are a lot of challenges that you have to face. But often the hardest thing that you have to deal with comes from your closest friends. When you like someone a lot, “peer pressure” seems like a ridiculous idea. Why would your friends pressure you into anything? But sometimes what we call “peer pressure” is nothing more than just a suggestion, or even feeling pressured to do something that you don’t want to do, just because your friends do. One of those things might be drugs. You might never have been offered drugs, but the chances are that you will at some point during your teenage years. So here are some tips to help you to be prepared for such a situation.

Decide Where You Stand On the Issue. Now.

“I’ve never been offered drugs so far, so I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it.” Sounds good, right? Wrong. If you do not know how you will act now, you will not know what to do then, and you are far more likely to let other people decide for you. That is why you have to make the decision not to take drugs now. Right now. You do not know when you will come across drugs, so you need to be prepared now to say no tomorrow.

Stick to Your Guns

Once you have made your decision, stick to it. People respect those who have their own minds. And if your friends are real friends, they will not care whether you do the same as them or not. Don’t be tempted to try something out just for the sake of it, stick to the decision that you have made. No means no.

Know the Facts

It is a good idea to look into the topic in question. In this case it is drugs, and there are a lot of facts to back up your stance. If you do your research and find out all that you can about drugs, you will be able to share what you learn with your friends, and you can all make an educated decision. The effects of drugs can be incredibly dangerous, so you are all better off if you do not get involved with them.

Hang Out With People Who Feel the Same Way

You call these people your friends for a reason. You have a lot in common and you would probably do anything for them. But if your friends are putting themselves and you in danger, there comes a point when it is best to just walk away. This can be one of the hardest decisions that you will ever have to face, but it could save your life and your future. You don’t have to cut them off completely, but you can politely tell them that you don’t agree with the choices that they are making, and that you cannot be a part of such a destructive habit. Spend your time with people who have the same opinions on this topic as you do.

About the Author: Hyrum Taffer is a freelance writer for and expert in drug addiction/recovery. Through much personal experience and a lot of research, Hyrum hopes others can benefit from his writing.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on March 24th, 2013 in Health | 0 comments

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