Although it’s being legalized in many areas around the United States, marijuana is still one of the most dangerous drugs in the world, especially when used by teens. The impressionable nature of the young mind can make marijuana use spiral out of control relatively quickly, causing a great deal of stress in the household as well as many physical and emotional setbacks for the teen.
Talking to your teen about marijuana abuse on your own may not be enough to effect a change. Your teen may be going through a stage of rebellion, or you may have other reasons for feeling uncomfortable talking about the subject. Maybe your child knows you used marijuana as a teen as well, giving you little leverage in his mind. The solution is to talk to your teen with a professional medical facility supporting your efforts. Not only will you have the emotional influence, but you’ll also have the hard science and research to help make your argument persuasive.
First and foremost, you must recognize the symptoms of marijuana abuse in a teen and know how to take steps to prevent the situation from getting worse.
Do You Suspect Your Teen Is Engaging in Marijuana Abuse?
There are many ways to tell if your teen is engaging in the abuse of marijuana. Most noticeable will be the smell, and it may not be the smell of the drug itself. In hopes of remaining undiscovered, many teens will attempt to cover the smell of marijuana with colognes and perfumes or even home products like Febreeze. If you notice things are smelling a little too strong around your household, you may want to investigate further.
Many of the other physical symptoms of marijuana use are difficult to hide. Red eyes, slumped posture and slurred speech may indicate abuse of the drug. You may also notice a much lazier attitude toward school and work, a lack of respect for adults around the household, and showing up late for school, work or family functions.
Some teens may hallucinate when on marijuana. If you notice your teen talking about things that aren’t there or suddenly spacing out during moments when he should be concentrating, you may have a marijuana problem on your hands.
Give Your Teen Information to Which He Can Relate
Most teens believe they’re invincible. They need to be convinced otherwise, and this usually won’t be accomplished with statistics and numbers on written pages alone. The teens of today are a visual bunch. Most of them are more equipped to communicate through pictures on Instagram or Tumblr than in any other capacity. You must use the same kind of communication techniques if you hope to break through to your teen.
Showcasing the visual implications of marijuana abuse through pictures or video will also place the physical ramifications of the drug in front of your teen firsthand. He’ll be less able to mentally deny the results of drug abuse if presented with those results live and in full color, with the same HD technology used to video himself at the school football game.
If your teen has a goal in life, such as sports or academic recognition, you may also wish to communicate to him others who’ve failed at that goal because of marijuana use. This will make the implications much more personal, creating a direct connection to the consequences of drug use in the mind of the teen.
Marijuana Facts and Statistics to Review With Your Teen
Once you’ve opened your teen’s mind to the negative repercussions of using marijuana, the statistics you present may have more of an effect. However, you must still present the numbers relevant to your teen specifically.
Focus your efforts on those who’ve been negatively affected by marijuana within the same age group as your teen. Don’t lie about the severity of the consequences; it can be difficult to prove marijuana has the same physically debilitating effects as cocaine or heroin. Those statistics aren’t there, or may be dismissed as an overreach by your teen. Be realistic and show your teen the real consequences. The fact that you’re not trying to overreach will be viewed by your teen as a more respectful way to present the information. If you treat your teen like an adult, he’ll be more likely to act like one.
If you’re ready to get your teen the help he needs with marijuana abuse, give the hotline a call today at 800-447-9081. Not only are medical resources available to reduce the withdrawal symptoms and negative effects of a cleansing program, but addiction programs also give your teen the ability to create new habits for himself. With these new habits, your teen will be able to say no more readily to friends who may think marijuana is simply the new thing to do.