As a young person, you are experiencing new challenges every day.  With each new challenge you will learn more about yourself and you will become more independent.  As you get older, you will be facing more and more situations where you will be required to make a decision on your course of action.  Some decisions will be smaller, but some will make a difference to your whole life. As a young person, you are experiencing new challenges every day.  With each new challenge you will learn more about yourself and you will become more independent.  As you get older, you will be facing more and more situations where you will be required to make a decision on your course of action.  Some decisions will be smaller, but some will make a difference to your whole life. As a young person, you are experiencing new challenges every day.  With each new challenge you will learn more about yourself and you will become more independent.  As you get older, you will be facing more and more situations where you will be required to make a decision on your course of action.  Some decisions will be smaller, but some will make a difference to your whole life. As a young person, you are experiencing new challenges every day.  With each new challenge you will learn more about yourself and you will become more independent.  As you get older, you will be facing more and more situations where you will be required to make a decision on your course of action.  Some decisions will be smaller, but some will make a difference to your whole life. As a young person, you are experiencing new challenges every day.  With each new challenge you will learn more about yourself and you will become more independent.  As you get older, you will be facing more and more situations where you will be required to make a decision on your course of action.  Some decisions will be smaller, but some will make a difference to your whole life.

Everyone wants to grow up to be a responsible, well adjusted and successful adult.  To do that you must have a positive outlook on yourself and your life.  You must want to do the best that you can do and be the best that you can be.  Sometimes it’s not easy to make the right choices, or even to know which are the right choices to make.

You may or may not have had to make any decisions about drugs or alcohol, but you know that they exist.  They may already be a part of people’s lives around you.

It is important for you to know that the choice to use or not to use drugs and alcohol will one day be yours to make.

We want to help you make the right choices, but in the end... It’s up to you to make the most of yourself and your life.

Having positive role models will help you make the right choices about drugs and alcohol.

A role model is a person who you want to be like.

Role modelling is a very important part of your development.  It is you choosing a person or people that you love and admire, and wanting to be like them.  When you are like them, they are happy with you.  Most often, the people that affect you the most are the people that are the closest to you from day to day.  They could be a parent, a teacher, a brother or sister, a club leader, a friend, or a famous person.  Perhaps you admire your father's sense of humour, your brother's athletic abilities, and the way your favourite pop singer dresses.

It is natural for the people you like to become role models for you.

You have the right to make choices about the people who you want to be like.  You can pick some qualities from one person that you admire, and choose different qualities from another person.  You can have several different role models to help you decide the kind of person you would like to be.  Sometimes the people that you want to be like have problems that involve drugs and alcohol.  While you are growing up, you will also have to make choices about drugs and alcohol.  It is easier to make good choices for yourself by having positive role models.  Having positive role models will help you to make wise choices about drugs and alcohol.

You could also be someone else’s role model.  If someone likes and admires you, they may choose to do the same things that you do.  It is just as important for you to be a positive role model for others as it is to choose positive role models for yourself.

  • Who are your current role models?
  • Do you think they are positive or negative role models?
  • What qualities do you want to have?
  • Who do you know that has the qualities you would like for yourself?
  • What person or people are important to you?
  • Do you think they are good role models for you?
  • Do you think that when you care for someone, they automatically become your role model?
  • Are you a role model for someone else?
  • What can you do to be a good role model?
  • What can you do to be a good role model?

Your own circle of friends affects the clothes you wear, the trends you follow, the things you do, the music you listen to, your beliefs, your values and the decisions that you make. Together, you can make the right choices about drugs and alcohol.

Everyone wants to have friends.  A peer is a friend that you share common things with.  A peer group is a group of friends who share common things.  Having friends is necessary and an important part of learning to be an adult.

As you get older, you begin to spend more time with people your own age.  Then you start to keep company with different groups of friends (peer groups) in and out of school.  "Fitting in" to a group is very important.  Your peer group gives you feelings of belonging, identity and it offers you support.  Your peer group also affects your decision making, and puts pressure on you to be the same as the others in the group.

Most of the time you probably don't even realize that your friends have such an effect on your thoughts and actions.  Group pressures can be helpful, but sometimes they are not.  When it comes to smoking, drinking and using drugs, some of you will try them because your friends are trying them.

It is not easy to say "no" when you are afraid of offending your friends.  These will be hard situations for you to deal with.

Just remember, that you can think and act for yourself.  You can make your own decisions and avoid problems.  You can help your friends and they can help you.

  • Is your peer group important to you?
  • How do your friends affect you?
  • Do you think it is important to have friends?
  • In what way do your friends help you?
  • Can you think of any times that your friends have made a situation difficult for you?
  • In what ways are you the same as your friends?
  • In what ways are you different from your friends?
  • Do your friends allow you to be different?
  • Do you ever find yourself doing things you don’t feel comfortable with because you are afraid your friends will be angry with you, or will make fun of you if you don’t?
  • How do you say no to a friend when you don’t agree with what they are doing, or with what they want you to do?
  • What qualities do you look for in a friend?
  • Do all of your friends have these qualities?

Lisa was lucky that the boys went along with her plan.  They may not have, in which case she and Deborah should have gone on ahead anyways.  Lisa showed a lot of courage.  You don’t have to do the things you don’t want to do.  Lisa was also lucky that Deborah backed her up.  A true friend won’t make you do things you are uncomfortable with.  If Deborah had not gone along with her idea, she would have had to leave on her own, which would have been very hard.  But Lisa also knows that the best choices are not always easy to make and sometimes you are your own best friend.  Of course every situation is different.  Sit down with your family or a friend and go over situations together.  Discuss with your friends ways of letting them know if you are uncomfortable with a situation so that they can back you up if you don’t want to do something.  Let your friends know what things are not

   
 
 
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