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Is My Child Addicted to Marijuana?

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A new article published in US News & World Report presented three questions that can be used to help identify if your child is addicted to marijuana.

The three questions include:

  1. Has marijuana or alcohol caused emotional, physical, financial or legal problems in your loved one’s life?
  2. Has your child exemplified a significant decrease in responsibilities?
  3. Have you noticed a personality change in your child?

An affirmative response to any of these three questions could indicate your son or daughter has a problem with marijuana or alcohol use.

The question of whether your youth is psychologically or physically addicted to either of these substances is a bit more complicated.

What Parents and Youth Services Providers Can Do

More importantly, if it appears that your child or teen is experiencing a problem with a substance, that their responsibilities are not being met due to their substance use, or if there is a personality change in your youth, it is time for you to intervene.

Here is a good place to find parent and professional tools to prevent and reduce marijuana and alcohol use among youth and young adults: http://preventionpluswellness.com

This site also has several blogs and news items related to youth marijuana and alcohol use: http://preventionpluswellness.com/category/blog/

Because alcohol and marijuana are more likely to be socially acceptable, to be used and abused, and to lead to other drug use, parents and youth services providers should focus on preventing their use among youth as a first line of defense against preventing drug problems and addiction.

While recreational use of marijuana or alcohol does not necessarily indicate problematic use or addiction, the earlier, more frequent, and the heavier the use, the more likely young people and their families will suffer negative outcomes.

Peer vs. Parent Influence

And although youth might feel some pressure from peers to use marijuana and alcohol, parents still have a tremendous amount of influence on their youth’s decisions and health habits.

So, regularly communicate to your kids that you don’t what them to use marijuana or alcohol until later in life, if at all.

Here is an excellent ebook for parents who think their kids might be using alcohol or drugs: http://www.drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2014-intervention_guide.pdf

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Read the entire article on Is My Child Addicted to Marijuana?: http://health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2016-10-28/is-my-child-addicted-to-marijuana


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