I love my friend like a sister, but recently she's really been scaring me. She's been talking about how she might want to try marijuana someday – and I know she can get it easily if she wants it. I've tried explaining to her all of the horrible things it can do, but she won't listen! How can I get through to her on how dangerous this is? I don't want to see her get hurt.
~Desperate to save her~
Many girls her age want to be reckless and try new things like marijuana. She doesn't realize that marijuana is the gateway drug into doing worse drugs that can permanently damage her. Young people tend to do crazy things but they are not supposed to though, she doesn't realize that the mistakes she make now can haunt her in the future.
You've been a great friend being honest to her about why doing marijuana is a bad decision but realize, that she may want to do it because people she knows are doing it. The kids who do it at any age, always regret it because it ruins their memory, makes them addicted, and if they get caught by the police, than they will have a criminal record for the rest of their lives.
Try to convince her that all decisions impact people's lives later on in life. If she doesn't budge from this idea, then you must tell her parents, your parents and a guidance counselor. There is only so much you can do, and she may end up being really mad at you for this but you will be responsible for saving her from a horrible path. Want to find out more places to get help? Visit our Tough Stuff – Get Help Now section here.