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Watch out for peer pressure

Walk In Dry Places
August 3
Watch out for peer pressure
Maintaining Sobriety

It’s said that peer pressure often draws young people into alcoholism and drug addition. As adults following a recovery program, we also are susceptible to peer pressure.

At a cocktail reception, for example, some people may express mild pity that we’re having “only soft drinks,” as if we’re doing a form of penance. Or they may express exaggerated admiration for our success in recovery.  Even this can make us feel different.

We need not be critical of such reactions. The fact is that we are somewhat different when we’re staying sober in situations where excessive drinking is normal.

We should not, however, make this our problem if others draw attention to it.  This is peer pressure, but we should be mature enough to dismiss it.

Whatever situation I’m in today, if I know I’m on the right path, I’ll not be swayed by the opinions and comments of others.   Their opinions cannot affect me if I know I’m doing the right thing.

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