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Alcohol: The Friend Factor

Sara Bellum
June 18, 2014

Friends can influence your opinion about music, fashion—and alcohol. In this updated post from 2013, NIDA provides strategies for staying true to yourself and avoiding peer pressure. Read More »

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Teen girls gossiping about another girl

Words Can Hurt: Drug Rumors and Stigma

Sara Bellum
January 15, 2014

In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, not a day goes by that some news or gossip site isn’t wondering about who’s using drugs or trying to quit using them. Read More »

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Teen feeling left out by a group of young women - peer pressure and bullying can influence drug use

Your Environment May Influence Drug Use

Sara Bellum
October 17, 2013

A NIDA-funded study found that a healthy person was at a higher risk for abusing drugs if a sibling or spouse abused drugs. The closer the siblings are in age, the greater the chances. Read More »

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Teens with arms around each other's shoulders

Alcohol: The Friend Factor

Sara Bellum
August 28, 2013

There may be some truth to the saying “you are who you hang out with.” Researchers have discovered that teens whose best friends drink alcohol are twice as likely to try alcohol t Read More »

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Girl upset because she feels singled out

Fear of Stigma: Does It Hold You Back?

Sara Bellum
February 12, 2013

If you’re like most people, you may try to avoid revealing anything about yourself that will make people think differently or negatively about you. Basically, you’re avoiding stigma—which is being marked by shame or disgrace. But what if you have a drug problem and want to get help? Read More »

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