Alcohol is part of many traditions and is often served at parties and other functions. And although many drugs are illegal or legal only with a prescription, people may offer them to you.
If you're in a situation where someone is offering you alcohol or drugs, try this:
- Look the person in the eye.
- In a firm voice, tell the person you don't want to drink or use drugs. Say something like:
- "No, I'm sorry, but I don't use...."
- "No, I'm really trying to stay clean."
- "No, I'm trying to cut back."
- Give a reason why you don't want to drink or use drugs. Say something like:
- "It's bad for my health."
- "I could lose my housing."
- "I have trouble when I use...."
- Ask the person not to ask you to drink or use drugs again. Say something like:
- "Hey, I said I'm trying to stay clean, so don't ask me again."
- "I told you I don't use anymore, so stop asking."
- "I'm trying really hard to stay clean, so please don't ask me to use anymore."
If you notice that someone does have drugs, leave the area.
Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Peter Monti PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health