People often use drugs and alcohol because other people are doing it, or because they are trying to escape some pain in their life and feel good. Some specific reasons include:
If you think you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you should talk to an adult you trust. If you don’t know who to talk you, you can always call 1-855-201-2121 to talk.
There are a number of risks to consider if you are doing drugs including:
Drug use has physical, emotional, and social consequences:
Some people develop addictions to drugs and alcohol. It usually happens over a period of time. Another name for it is “substance abuse.” That’s when people continue using drugs or alcohol even though is causing a lot of problems in their life.
There are three main types of addiction:
As drug abusers fight addiction, they might suffer from withdrawal. Withdrawal is the physical and emotional things a person has to deal with when they try to get off the drug(s) they depend on. It can be anything from mild discomfort to seizures. These effects are serious and can be deadly.
First and foremost, your friend must acknowledge that using drugs is in fact a problem. Without acknowledging that a problem exists, there will never be a solution. Depending on the stage of drug use--experimental, social, habitual, dependent--your friend may not see a problem at all. This is where you must define the problem(s) for your friend.
Spoken pressure—when someone pressures you with words—can be difficult to resist. Most people don’t want to risk making others feel bad, but it’s important to stand up for yourself.
Some strategies to deal with peer pressure:
Stopping a friend from driving under the influence of alcohol may be one of the most important decisions you ever make. But convincing an inebriated buddy won't always be as easy as it sounds. After all, it's not your friend you're talking to - it's the booze and their certainty that they're okay.
When you and your friends decide to go out, if you're sober and intend to stay that way, agree beforehand on a designated driver. When you and your friends decide to go out, if you're sober and intend to stay that way, agree beforehand on a designated driver. A designated driver takes the pressure off everyone for the night and introduces certainty as to who can and can't drink. Don't give in. Keep telling your friend that you care about them and that you are not going to let them do something harmful.
If you weren’t able to plan in advance and your friend has driven to a party and gets drunk, your only recourse is to keep them from operating their vehicle, which means you need to take their car keys. This can be very, very difficult to do so it’s important that you have other friends support you in this.
Call a cab, a brother or sister, parent, other friend for a ride...ANYONE but your drunk friend! Even if you have a ways to go...walking is better than getting in a car with a drunk driver.
As a last, drastic but possibly only resort left, if you have nobody to help you and the situation gets desperate, call the police for help.
Lots of people live with a parent or caregiver who is an alcoholic or who drinks too much. Alcoholism has been around for centuries, yet no one has discovered an easy way to prevent it. Alcohol can affect people's health and also how they act. People who are drunk might be more aggressive or have mood swings. They may act in a way that is embarrassing to them or other people.
Alcoholism is a disease. Like any disease, it needs to be treated. Without professional help, a person with alcoholism will probably continue to drink and may even become worse over time.
Diseases like alcoholism are no one's fault. Some people are more susceptible to wanting to drink too much. Scientists think it has to do with genetics, as well as things like family history, and life events.
Sometimes what starts as a bad habit can become a very big problem. For example, people may drink to cope with problems like boredom, stress, or money troubles. Maybe there's an illness in the family, or parents are having marriage problems.
No matter what anyone says, people don't drink because of someone else's behavior. So if you live with someone who has a drinking problem, don't blame yourself.
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