• Steps Teens Can Take To Keep Drug Free

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that affects people of all ages and from every walk of life. Most drug abuse begins at younger years where young teens are naturally curious and likely to experiment on using drugs. Because of lack of assertiveness skills to avoid drug use, these young people often put their health and safety at risk. Although many types of illicit drugs are widely available, drug abuse isn’t inevitable and the best way to deter teenage drug abuse is by early prevention. Here are some steps teens can take to keep drug free:

    1. Just say “NO.” Make sure to be firm and strong. Rehearse ahead of time how you will refuse drugs if offered. The biggest reason teens start using drugs is because their friends utilize peer pressure. Change the subject like “No thanks, let’s go play some baseball.” You may also state a fact like “No thanks! My parents would ground me for life!” If you feel okay coming on strong, say something like, “No way! I would never do any drugs!” or “Are you kidding? Don’t you know what that stuff does?” If that seems like too much at first, a simple “No, thanks” should do the trick. If it doesn’t, then walk away. The person offering you drugs or alcohol is not a true friend. Go to a place where you can find someone responsible and reputable.
    1. Choose your friends wisely.  Try to associate with people who do not use drugs and be prepared to say goodbye to friends who choose to drink or do drugs. You should avoid the person who offered drugs at all costs.
    1. Avoid threatening situations.  If someone’s parents are out of town and everyone is talking about having a wild house party, you can be fairly sure drugs or alcohol will be involved. Try to avoid these situations where drugs will be used and offered to you.
    1. Find healthy ways to deal with stress and practice healthier living habits. Have fun and realize that enjoying life and pursuing new interests is more satisfying and easier than abusing drugs. Get involved in music, your favorite sports, or school play. You can also join a couple of school or church clubs, or volunteer in your community. Effectively deal with stress by developing healthy living habits like regular exercise, eating right, and meditation.
    1. Get involved in a community coalition. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is a membership organization of over 5,000 anti-drug coalitions, each working to make their community safe, healthy, and drug-free. Call 1.800.54 CADCA, ext. 257, to find a coalition near you or to learn about how to start a coalition.





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