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My family keeps praising a problematic friend and its making me want to follow in there foot steps.
(i live in the US btw) So im a 16 year old male and i have a friend (S) so S has his own family issues, and he has handled them through being with many girls despite being younger then me, (hes been in over 5 relationships with less then a week in between them over the past three years) he drinks and is in a gang running pot, he also tries to get me to do similar, and i have drank due to him, and snuck out a few times. However my parents know nothing about this and are relentless in talking about hes better then me and how they wish i was more like him and such, and constantly degrade me in favor of him, my mom has even said she sees him as her son, and that she likes him more then me or my brother. And this has honestly lead me to almost start doing drugs and drinking and hooking up with random girls despite having planned on saving for marriage. i basically just dont know how to handle the situation while being a good friend, and also staying sane. My other problem is me and my parents never talk, and i hate every conversation i have to endure, which means its hard to explain this.