What Are Some Tips for Handling the Social Pressure to Use Drugs?
Attending college often means you are exposed to drugs and alcohol. The levels of social pressure to use drugs and alcohol vary in each social group. If you are hanging around people who recreationally use drugs and alcohol consistently, the social pressure to do the same is much higher. However, even within crowds where regular drug and alcohol use is not part of it, there can still be social pressure to use drugs. There are some ways to handle peer pressure, such as saying no like you mean it. Making eye contact, and saying no with authority, and the more certain you are about your refusal, the fewer people will pressure you to do drugs. You may have to be repetitive with what you say and say no more than once. This can be especially difficult when you have joined a sorority or fraternity because there is often an expectation to drink or even do drugs. No one can force you to do this, but it is not easy to deal with peer pressure.
Avoiding these situations altogether can also be effective, but this may mean you have to be completely removed from your social life. If you have friends who do not succumb to the peer pressure, this does make it easier to deal with it. Consider the results of giving in and take a moment to think about the consequences of your choice. The average college student is working towards a career. Underage drinking and illegal drug use happen on every college campus across the country. If you are charged with a drug or alcohol-related offense, this makes it difficult to find the work you are looking for. If you are struggling with the peer pressure, seek out some support. The resources on most college campuses are extensive and help students through any type of difficult situation they are facing. When in doubt speak out and voice your concerns, because peer pressure has caused situations where an injury occurs. Don't pressure others, and if your friends are pressuring you, find new friends. College should be a positive experience and not one with you having to always worry about people forcing or pushing drugs and alcohol on you.