Turning down drugs can be a difficult thing to do, especially for a teenager that has to deal with everyday societal and peer pressures that are a part of growing up. No matter what the intentions of your child are, no matter how good of a person they are, peer pressure is something that everyone has trouble with. Drugs are one of the foremost ways in which peer pressure come into play. In order to help your teen turn down drugs, there are several methods that you can tell them and help them understand. Here is a brief look at five of these methods.
Tell Your Teen to Respond in a Firm But Friendly Manner
The first thing that you need to understand is that there is a high probability that at some point in your teenagers high school years, they are going to be offered drugs. It’s important to make sure that they know you are on their side and to help them understand how to turn down drugs before they are even offered them. The first method is to tell your teen to respond in a firm but friendly manner. The biggest mistake your teenager could make is to be too aggressive with the person offering the drugs, as this person is typically going to be a friend. Tell your teen to respond to those offering them some sort of drugs with a simple “I don’t want any, but thank you”. Most of the time, this type of response will suffice.
Settle on a Strong Reason That Your Teen Should Give for Not Doing Drugs
If your teen tells the person offering them drugs that they simply don’t want any and it doesn’t work, your teenager should have a stronger reason for not doing drugs in the first place. A good answer like “I don’t want poor health in the future” or “I have a test coming up that I need to focus on” should make sense to the person offering the drugs.
If Nothing Else Works, Make an Excuse
Sometimes, the person offering drugs to your teen will be extremely persistent and will attempt to ease them into taking the drug. If that happens, make sure your teen knows an appropriate way to turn down the drugs, such as making an excuse of “My parents will ground me if I’m not home soon” or “I have a doctor’s appointment that I need to be at shortly”. While you shouldn’t be encouraging your child to lie, there are times when the pressure will be so much that they simply need a quick excuse.
Make Sure They Have an Alternative Plan Ready
One of the strongest aspects of peer pressure is that your teen doesn’t want to disappoint their friends. As such, tell your teen to invite their friend to go bowling or attend a football game instead of doing drugs.
Simply Walk Away
Sometimes the best solution is to just turn around and walk away. While this might not satisfy your teen’s friend, you’re child must understand that there are times when this is the best option available for turning down drugs. If your child is having trouble turning down drugs or has already said yes to them, make sure to call the drug abuse hotline at 800-890-3586 immediately!