Resolved Question: I’m having a tough time being a sober person in a very alcohol/drug dominated school?

I go to an art school, and I’ve come to find that the whole stereotype about art schools being dominated by drugs is extremely accurate. It’s safe to say that about 98% of the people here smoke cigarettes, and about 90% get drunk/high on a daily basis. It’s come to the point, where I sometimes can’t even tell if the people I’m talking to are sober or high. Most of my friends like to get high for random things that seem pretty unexciting to me. Like they’ll get high before class because they want to see what it’s like. If they were doing it before something exciting like going to a concert or something, I could sort of see the appeal, but for dumb things like that, I just don’t get it.

They also do it when they’re about to do homework, or eat lunch, or when they feel tired, when they’re bored, etc. And I don’t just mean light drugs like pot, I mean hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth, acid, and ecstasy. They also abuse regular cold medication like NyQuil when they can’t afford anything better. And even harder meds like Adderall and Vicodin.

It’s becoming a downer on my social life, because all they like to do on the weekends is get trashed on alcohol and all these things. Most of the time they do it every night, and I’m always the odd one out who leaves when they start doing all this crap. I’m starting to feel really left out in this environment, but I also don’t want to start using, because some of my family members have addiction issues and I don’t want to be like them.

My roommate also really likes to smoke pot, and even though she doesn’t do it when I’m around, it makes the room smell terrible. I’ve talked to her about it, but she still keeps doing it. I almost feel like going to the person who settles disputes between roommates, but if I tell them that she’s doing pot, then she’ll get in huge trouble, and I’ll probably be hated by all her friends, some of which are people in my classes.

What should I do?

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