Avoiding Peer Pressure

How to Say No to Peer Pressure

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What to do when someone is asking me to do drugs?

Trust your own feelings about what’s right and wrong. Ask yourself, β€œIs it the right thing to do?” You probably already know the answer. Get comfortable with saying no. You have the right to make your own decisions.

  1. Just say “No”. It’s really that simple. You don’t need to give a reason. Just tell them No and say it like you mean it.
  2. Back-up your “no” with a positive statement. Practice saying no.
  3. Get away from the person pressuring you and avoid stressful situations in the first place.
  4. Use the buddy system.
  5. Understand what is happening. (Someone is asking you to use alcohol or other drugs.) Realize that this is serious.
  6. Remind yourself WHY you should stay clean. (It’s illegal and it can kill you.)
  7. Say, I don’t do that stuff. It takes courage to do what’s right. Give a reason only if you want to.
  8. Offer another choice. Use this step if the person offering you a drink or other drug is someone you want to keep as a friend. If your friend doesn’t respect your decision they are not a friend, then use step 5.
  9. Leave! There are some friends you may have to give up.

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