Addressing drug and alcohol peer pressure
We often think that kids pressure other kids into trying tobacco, alcohol, or drugs. But the reality is that kids tend to start using to avoid feeling different or being left out.
Start a Dialog
- Talk indirectly—but keep talking...
- Mention something you learned about [drug]and ask their opinion.-Encourage them to talk about what they did on the weekend. (Were kids smoking, drinking, or doing drugs?)
- Talk about movies or TV shows that show druguse and ask thier opinion about thechoices made by characters
- Keep them talking to help them develop critical thinking skills needed to make smarter decisions about using.
- Just listen. Don't offer advice unless they ask you for it directly.
Things to consider
Look for Warning Signs Physical signs
- Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
- Tremors, slurred speechor impaired coordination
- Drop in attendance
- Unexplained need for money; may borrow or steal to get it
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
- Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude-Sudden mood swings, irritability or angry outbursts
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitationor giddiness
- Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
- Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason