Finding the Tools to Say No When Drugs Are Offered

Finding the Tools to Say No When Drugs Are OfferedThere is usually nothing easier than not doing something. Think of how easy it is to not do your homework or not run a marathon. Unfortunately it is not so easy to not try drugs or not return to drug use. However preparation can ensure that you can make it through any situation without using drugs.

You Need to Plan Ahead to Say No

Drugs may be offered to you in situations that are otherwise completely normal, casual, harmless and welcoming. The person offering you drugs could be a close friend, a coworker or someone you look up to at work or home. Because you can easily be surprised by an offer of drugs, prepare in advance and be ready with the tools you need to say no.

Minimize the Conflict

Choosing not to use may separate you from the person who offers drugs or the group you are hanging out with in Ohio. There is no need to make the conflict any deeper than necessary. After you have turned down the drugs, you have said everything that needs to be said on the topic. There is no need to dig deeper into the topic of drug use. Don’t embellish your response by saying things such as the following:

  • “You should quit taking them, too”
  • “Drugs are illegal and I should call the police”
  • “You need to get help for your addiction”

Even if your points are valid, your goal is simply to say “no” and move on. When you turn down an offer of drugs, be clear that you are making a decision for yourself and by yourself. Excuses such as the following suggest that others are making decisions for you:

  •  “We learned how dangerous drugs are in school”
  • “I promised my mother I wouldn’t do drugs”
  • “None of my close friends do drugs”

This leaves an open window for the person offering the drugs to try to change your mind or offer their own pressures in the opposite direction. A vague or unsure answer can invite a second offer. Answer clearly the first time, and avoid uncertain phrases such as the following:

  • “Not sure”
  • “Not right now”
  • “Not really”
  • “I don’t know”

Unconfident answers may lead to more unwanted pressure from whoever is offering the drugs. “Why not give it a try?” isn’t a question that deserves a real answer. Remaining drug-free is your choice, and you don’t owe an explanation to anyone.

You Are Not Alone

Even when you are well prepared, standing by your decisions can be hard. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day to help you learn to say no, get clean and maintain a drug-free life. Contact us for more information about finding recovery and refusing drugs.