Remember that you’re not alone. It’s easy to think you’re the only one who’s not tried drugs but, actually, most young people don’t take drugs.
- Work out where you stand on issues like sex, drugs and alcohol. Knowing your own mind makes it easier to stay true to yourself.
- Prepare yourself. Think about how you’d like to respond when someone offers you drugs so you know what to say.
- Try to understand who’s offering you the drugs and why. Friends should understand if you say no, people you don’t know you very well may expect something in return.
- Say no firmly but clearly and without making a big deal about it. If they try to persuade you, don’t feel like you have to change your mind.
- Remember that, although they may not show it, your mates will respect you more if you’re assertive and clear about what you do and don’t want to do.
- Take a look around. You’ll soon see that you’re not the only one worrying about what other people think of you. Try to focus on your own opinion of yourself – in the end, that’s all that matters.
- Worried about your mates being pressured? Don’t keep it to yourself, talk to them, or someone you trust.
- If you’re finding it hard to be yourself within your group, take a step back, and think about whether it’s time to find a new crowd to hang out with.
- Before trying anything new it makes sense to know what’s what. You can find out more about different drugs.