October 10, 2012 by preventyouthdrugabuse
Have you ever wondered how much influence you have on your friends? It may be more than you think. It’s just another thought, Family plays a massive role in a youth’s development. The importance of family support can be seen in my post Hugs Stop Drugs.
Growing up in my teenage years and going through high school, I found my friends to be very influential for me. I feel that the people I associated with the most in my mid to late teens really helped shape the person I am today. You spend time together, find common interests, you do the same things as each other, dress the same, listen to the same music. You find your friends as you start to find yourself.
So to any teens that are using drugs, have a think about how your drug use may actually be affecting your friends. Think about how you actually got involved. Nobody wants to feel excluded, and at a time where a young person needs their friends the most, it’s not fair to put someone in the position where they feel pressured to into taking drugs for fear of being socially excluded.
It may not be explicitly stated that ‘if you don’t use drugs, you are a “loser” or “uncool” ‘ but a young person may feel that the only way to fit into a group is to join them in what they do.
At the end of the day, it is up to the individual to make their own decisions about whether or not to use drugs, all I’m saying is be a bit mindful on the powers of friendships and the need for social inclusion.
The same can be said about young people who don’t use drugs, if you see your friends using drugs, don’t keep quiet about it. Help them by talking to them. Educate yourselves and your friends about the risks and harms. Being totally honest, it is much easier talking to a friends about something like drugs than it is to your parents. You would be surprised, you may be able to help someone more than you think