5 Tips for staying drug and alcohol free on prom night

5 Tips staying drug alcohol free Prom Night

Prom is always remembered as one of the most memorable nights of your high school life. It’s the one night where for many the gloves are off and rules do not apply.

During prom season more than one-third of young adults under the age of 21 are killed in alcohol related fatalities.

– National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Although the prom is a night to enjoy to the fullest we encourage teens to do so safely, we would rather you live to tell the tale of your epic night.

Here are five tips for staying drug and alcohol free on prom that won’t ruin your night:

1.Do not do drugs or drink alcohol

As textbook as this sentiment is it has its merits. Doing drugs or alcohol will only put you and your peers in a position for accidents or mishaps to happen. If you find you attend a party where alcohol or drugs will be available be sure to have a designated driver or volunteer to be one for your group. I am not advocating teens to drink but realistically parents can’t control the actions of every teen attending the party. Instead encourage your teen to be the one to step up and make a conscious decision for the good of their friends.

2.Don’t give in to peer pressure

We all know how tempting peer pressure can be and how hard it can be to resist. However, stand firm in your beliefs. If you are still being pressured or close to giving in please initiate your back up plan. This plan will help you to escape the environment or gain control over the situation where you don’t have to give in.

No matter how lame or bad your peers try to make you feel about being sober it is your choice. You are also the one your friends or group is depending on to get them home safely. Appeasing your peers is not worth potentially getting hurt or losing your life. Find more tips on how to beat peer pressure here.

3.Be clear about your plans

There is nothing worse than driving around on prom night looking for something to do. Make sure you and your friends have concrete plans of where you will be. A friend may have ulterior motives like bringing or getting their own booze or joints. To avoid confusion or being trapped in a peer pressured situation everyone should be on the same page about where you are going. This also helps in the case of an emergency your family will know were to find you.

4.Have a backup plan

If you ever unsafe at any point be sure to have a backup plan. Whether its arranging a new ride or leaving early have a contingency plan in place that ensures you can get home safely. Don’t be afraid to leave or take a safer way home for the sake of your reputation. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

5.Stay within your group

A common mistake teens make on nights like the prom is being separated from their group of friends. Now we’re not saying you should be glued together at all times but it is important to stay within close proximity or keeping tabs on your whereabouts throughout the night. This helps in the case of an emergency where a friend needs to leave being within close reach makes leaving easy and timely.

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About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.