Children in middle school and high school are likely to encounter alcohol and/or drugs at some point in their lives. One survey found that 81.4% of adolescents reported the opportunity to use illicit drugs were presented to them.
Furthermore, the study found that by late adolescence, 78.2% of all adolescents had tried alcohol, while 42.5% had tried drugs.
These statistics highlight the importance of parents teaching their children methods to resist peer pressure to experiment with drugs and/or alcohol. Here we break down some methods children should learn to resist peer pressure.
Often times the idea to experiment with drugs and/or alcohol is simply born out of boredom. Therefore, a simple but effective tactic to resist peer pressure to do drugs is to redirect the conversation to a different activity.
It is very important to be firm when saying no to peer pressure. This will remove any doubt about your feelings on the subject, and will likely end the conversation. Maintaining firm eye contact is also useful in this scenario.
Blame your parents
Another great tactic to teach children is to simply have them blame their parents for them resisting peer pressure. This will redirect the blame off them, plus provides an opportunity to bring up the potential consequences of experimenting with drugs/alcohol into the conversation.
Sometimes the peer pressure may be too strong for reasoning to have much of an effect at all. In these cases, it is important to teach the child to simply walk away from the situation, rather than continuing to face it.
Finding new friends
If the peer pressure does not get any better over a period of time, it will be in the child’s best interests to find a new group of friends. While this may be quite difficult, it is important for them to know that real friends would not continually pressure them to do things in which they do not want to partake in.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.