Whether you are a teen, a young adult, or an older adult, peer pressure can remain. Being surrounded by others means that at times, we bend a little to do whatever our friends want to do – we want to appear agreeable, likeable, and otherwise “fun”. Some of our compromises with friends involve which restaurants to choose, which movie to go see, or which friend’s house to gather at. When we are spending our time with individuals who partake in addictive behaviors, we may run into the risk of being asked to engage in those behaviors with them. How can we handle this?
- Offer to be a designated driver instead.
- If you partake in extracurricular activities, explain to them that using would inhibit your performance. This works very well if you are on a sports team or if you lead a team.
- Discuss some important responsibilities that you must get done the next morning. Taking your children to an event, studying for a test, seeing family, etc. are great reasons.
- If you have a close relationship with your friends or family, explain to them you don’t partake in illegal activity because it’s something you value.
Make zero-tolerance for substance abuse a strict value in your family. Making abstinence a value means that you should discuss addiction and substance abuse, and its harmful effects. Talk with your family about media and how it can perpetuate alcoholism as “fun” and “carefree”, but how it can ruin lives. Be a significant role model for your family. Show them what it means to live sober and if you do drink on occasion, drink responsibly. Allow your children to hear you politely tell others ‘no’ to drinking, and emphasize the importance of honesty, responsibility, and self-discipline.
If you are a parent who has an addiction, know that you can still show your children how to live responsibly. Make the decision to recover – that is one major step that you can take to show them that if they do fall, they can get back up. Be that strong person for them. Prove to them how much you care about them and how hard you are willing to work to get your life back.
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