Staying Sober in a World Surrounded by Drugs & Alcohol

By Briana, age 19, Pennsylvania
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
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You may think it's tough living on a college campus and refraining from drinking, doing drugs, or smoking. Even though most of my friends drink on occasion, I refuse, and I try my hardest to get them to abstain as well. Drinking isn't healthy for anyone, especially young people, and it's also illegal if you're not 21. I'm just the type of person who doesn't get into any kind of trouble, so I don't want to see my friends get themselves in trouble either, or worse, hurt.

When it comes to drugs, my friends aren't users, but I do have classmates who are. To avoid peer pressure, I just steer away from any situation that may possibly be detrimental. I don't go to parties, especially where I know there will be drinking and/or drug usage. I don't want to get myself into anything against my better judgment, and what's more, I don't want to see my friends doing things I don't agree with. I just lose respect for people sometimes when they get drunk, and I don't want that to happen with the people closest to me.

I guess it can be tough to be surrounded by these kinds of things, but if you have strong willpower and belief in your values, it will come naturally. But you don't have to be a complete hermit. You can still go to parties without getting drunk. If you think you can't control yourself, offer to be the D.D. (designated driver) so that you are responsible to not drink. When you know you have a job to do, you won't do anything stupid because there are people relying on you.

Even better, find things to do with your friends that don't involve these things. There's plenty to do for very little money, if any at all! Go out to dinner, hang out on campus, or go to the bookstore and read a magazine together (it's actually REALLY fun!). In the end, if you just believe in yourself, stick to your morals, and don't put yourself in potentially dangerous situations, you're good to go!

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March 15, 2012

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- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
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