An adolescent’s life is fraught with many challenges, including those that arise from succumbing to peer pressure. Being part of a peer group can have advantages like discussing issues with other like-minded people, however, there can be a downside to this as well. While the benefits of being in the company of someone who empathizes about one’s problems and hurdles are many, sometimes undue pressure from a peer group can be disastrous to one’s emotional health.
Adolescent friendships tend to be more intimate, exclusive and constant than those experienced during one’s early formative years. While this entails a sense of belongingness, it can also lead to uncomfortable situations like being asked to try something new that is harmful or being coerced to take illicit substances.
Peer influence can cause teens to engage in unhealthy or unsafe behaviors. However, such an unwarranted pressure can be countered by a simple “NO.” Some people find it difficult to ignore such requests and stand up for themselves. The stress to go against the norm may be difficult to deal with but can be tackled by taking the following simple steps:
In an attempt to promote the role that friendship plays in societies across the world, the United Nations observes the International Day of Friendship (IDF) on July 30 each year. The day is observed by organizing events and activities by groups, communities and governments throughout the world to promote mutual understanding, solidarity, respect and harmony. While no life is free of obstacles and hardships, they can be faced by anyone with a lot more courage and joy when one has good friendships in their life.
Avoiding peer groups involved in substance abuse
The idea of friendship is not limited to hangouts alone but also the ability to influence friends to get rid of dangerous habits of illicit substance abuse. Habits of taking alcohol among teenagers are mostly attributed to peer pressure or curiosity that deepens after one sees friends drinking booze.
American teenagers often regard drinking as a rite of passage to adulthood, often ending in developing a dependence on alcohol. Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego provides a therapeutic residential treatment program aimed at combating teen alcohol abuse. If you are worried about your own or a friend’s alcohol abuse, please call our 24/7 helpline to speak to a member of our team to know more about our teen alcohol treatment.