Resources for Students
What to say and do if you don’t want to use:
- Offer to be the designated driver. Get your friends home safely, and everyone will be glad you didn’t drink or take drugs.
- If you’re on a sports team, you can say you are staying healthy to maximize your athletic performance—besides, no one would argue that a hangover would not help you play your best. (Additionally, PIL – Portland Interscholastic League requires that all student athletes are substance free, 24 hours a day during the sport season.)
- “I have to - study for a big test / go to a concert / visit my grandparent / babysit /march in a parade, etc. I can’t do that after a night of drinking/smoking/using.”
- Keep a bottled drink like a soda or iced tea with you to drink at parties. People will be less likely to pressure you to drink alcohol if you’re already drinking something. If they still offer you something, just say “I’m covered.”
- Find something to do so that you look busy. Get up and dance. Offer to DJ.
- When all else fails…blame your parents. They won’t mind! Explain that your parents are really strict, or that they will check up on you when you get home.
If your friends aren’t having it—then it’s a good time to find the door. Nobody wants to leave the party or their friends, but if your friends won’t let you party without using, then it’s not going to be fun for you.
For Students: Find Your Moment
Strategy for Healthy Decision Making:
- Ask yourself, what is the problem you are facing?
- Gather information, brainstorm, ask for advice!
- Think about what is really important to you.
- Think about the effect of your options.
- Decide on the best choice for you.
- Create a plan and carry it out.
- Measure the results.
- Plan for the next time.
Ways to Manage Stress:
- Get some sleep
- Focus on strengths
- Engage in physical activity
Important Phone Numbers:
- Youth Line: 877-968-8491 or Text 839863
- Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- SAMSHA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
- Multnomah County Alcohol and Drug Helpline: (503) 244-1312
- Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line: (503) 988-4888
Apps for Teens: