When I was in high school, I watched a few of my friends go down the wrong path. They started out as decent, achieving kids, but got caught up with the wrong group. And, it didn’t end too well. Some of them, years later, are still losers.
I work in the drug and alcohol treatment field. The people I see everyday aren’t bad people. In fact, many of them come from decent families. But, in every single case, they hooked up with another substance abuser. And, voila, they became addicted themselves down the line.
You might have heard a lot about peer pressure and think it doesn’t matter. There are times when giving into your friends doesn’t make a big difference. If your friend is bothering you to lend him a dollar, then you can give in. If, however, he’s asking you to do drugs, you should stand up to him. You don’t have to judge him, just not do it yourself.
In life, you always have to look out for yourself first. I don’t mean that you want to be selfish and never consider the feelings or opinions of others. But, the person who fully accepts any consequences of your behavior will always be you.
If you and your buddies are at a party and he convinces you to drink alcohol and you’re both underage, a cop isn’t going to let you off the hook simply because he convinced you to do it. At that point, it becomes your responsibility.
Also, if you get caught, your friend who started you on that path may not have any consequences. You have to bear the burden of your choices. And, those burdens can be rough. Peer pressure can get you grounded, expelled, or even arrested.
Whenever your friends are pressuring you to do something you know is wrong, stand up to them. It may be hard at first, but it’s well worth it to avoid getting in trouble and possibly suffering for it years down the line (as in the case with an addiction). The downfalls of peer pressure are real.