Are you using Drugs to?

Socialise: Some people take drugs occasionally to have fun, socialise and relax. Taking drugs might not become a problem for these people, and they’ll probably stop when they’re ready to. You can still remind your friends that some drugs are illegal and can affect their physical and mental health, especially if they’re still growing.

Escape: Some people use drugs to escape difficult feelings that they’re struggling to cope with. They might be depressed, anxious or insecure, and they might think the drugs are helping them – when they’re making things worse. If you think this is the case, talk calmly to your friend and look for ways to help them think about why they’re using drugs and ways they can manage without them. Reassure them there is always hope of recovery and suggest that they look for professional help.

To fit in: Some people take drugs to fit in, or because they’re under pressure to do so by their friends. Try and suggest alternative activities that don’t involve taking drugs. Exercise, new hobbies etc

To experiment: For some people they try drugs out of curiosity, they may only try once or twice to see what they are like. Remember that most people who try drugs don’t continue using them.