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spect of my cousins and neighbors. I remained part of the group, but they
stopped offering me drugs and alcohol. They wanted me to go out with
them because I could be the designated driver and I became their modera-
tor of sobriety.” This example is not to say that I condone drinking as long
as it’s not me. Drinking is for adults only, after age 21. This story demon-
strates that saying “no” to your peers does not necessarily mean that you
will lose that group of friends. Although the type of people you spend time
with should fit into the goals you have set. Just say
“no”
to drugs and you
will gain respect.
You are the average of the five people you spend
the most time with.
Jim Rohn
Self-made millionaire and successful author
When I was in ninth grade, I wrote an essay about attending parties and
my feeling that it was a waste of time. My English teacher, Ms. Davis, told
me that I would have plenty of time to attend parties when I became an
adult. She said I should follow my heart and stay home with my books. Her
comment was so validating! I’ve never forgotten it. She told me that it was
perfectly acceptable to have a goal to be successful in school. You must
follow your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. You’re the only
one who can be the true judge of that. Listen to the positive things you tell
yourself.
Drinking and using drugs adds to the
nec spe nec metu
(without hope,
without fear) concept that often permeates teenage thinking. Drug use
causes you to lose your inhibitions and to stop thinking. All you are doing
while using drugs is feeling, not thinking. The use of drugs is an escape
from living. In middle school or high school, where most students are first
exposed to drugs, look at the people who are offering you drugs or are us-
ing drugs. Are these people you want to be like? If your answer is anything
but “no,” please get help before you even begin to THINK of using drugs.
Tell your parents, your school counselor, or a close family friend. Face the
fear of talking about this. Initiate a pre-intervention. Stop the flow of nega-
tive thoughts. Visit www.MyLifeinMyPocket.com and click on the book se-
ries, >HighSchool>Intro