Well, reality check, drugs are like termites—they hollow you inside out. If you are considering taking drugs in any form then stop and think about the reason for your impulse. Some of the first-time drug users or alcohol drinkers are teens. They are probably ‘giving-it-a-try’ either to rebel against parents or simply feel grown-up. It is of the teenage opinion that taking drugs and drinking liquor is cool and ‘in’. Other views are also present like they help one to cope with excessive pressure and stress and help one focus. Drug and alcohol abuse also occur during parties and clubs.
Truth is, if this be the case what do you say to someone on drugs or alcohol? One might try to encourage them towards a more sober living. Addicts must be encouraged to look for challenges, like trekking, skiing, hiking, rock climbing etc. One can also try to make new friends by joining teams or clubs. If you feel anxious or stressed—read a book, listen to some music or simply go hang out with your friends.
The foremost and the most important step of avoiding drugs and alcohol is learning to say the word “NO”. Your peers or colleagues or friends may offer you alcohol or drugs—learn to say ‘no’, be polite yet firm about it. It may be hard at first, but be determined and resolved. Avoid situations where you might be offered something that might trigger your addiction craving.
The important thing for the other person is to remember what to say to an alcoholic or a drug addict. Remember to talk to addicts who want to change. Ask them to be determined and focused about it. Tell them to avoid situations which demand him/her to fall prey to the addiction again and tell them that it is their life and they have a right to refuse if someone pressures them to take drugs or alcohol. Advise them by saying that there is only one mind, body and soul given to each of us and that we should not waste it on addictions and burn it away—after all we should at least think about the people who love us and care about us. SO take your step to a more sober life from now!