Hi Lalaa, I’m sorry to hear you are having difficulties with teen marijuana use. I have empathy for you and send you strength and compassion. I have travelled the journey. My teen started acting differently at 15. He changed friendship groups and we had a very frightening 18 months. It was stressful and I felt maybe we’d loose him. With marijuana use comes a multitude of others issues. It takes its toll on the family. Parents feel powerless and siblings have to find ways to cope. Stigma effects everyone. It’s very isolating. The way I coped was to reach out to the parents of the people my son was hanging out with. Most of the parents were feeling the same. I went to a parent support meeting for parents of teens in crisis, that was very powerful to be with others being able to talk about it openly. I also reached out to SDECC who run drug education programs for parents of teens. They have a self paced online course as well as zoom. My son is 17 now and doing his HSC. He still has a marijuana addiction, so I’m afraid no silver lining there. I’ve been able to keep a rule of never having it at our house, particularly because he has a younger sibling. He goes for a walk every night, even in the pouring rain. It’s hard to watch. He is maturing though and has an understanding now that life has consequences, he didn’t have this understanding at 15. I feel he is getting ready to quit because he knows he will be limiting his options work wise. Hang in there. It takes its toll. You’ll find a strength you never realised you had and most likely even more love, compassion and understanding.
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