How Do I Tell My Family I Don’t Want to Use Marijuana Anymore?

How Do I Tell My Family I Don’t Want to Use Marijuana Anymore?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a commonly used recreational drug that is controversially illegal in the United States. Many believe it to be useful in the medical world, while many others simply find it to be harmless. However, it is possible that around ten percent of recreational users will become so involved with the drug that it will impair their work and relationships.

When the “high” that is provided by marijuana becomes more desirable than one’s normal state, having a self-intervention might become necessary. In these cases, it is up to the user to face the problem head-on.

This is an important first step, but it can be very confusing to know what to do next. While the withdrawal effects of marijuana are not quite as strong as those of other drugs, simply not using it can be an extremely difficult thing to do. “How will my family react?” “What will they think of me?” These are questions that might be running through addicts’ minds.

There are several helpful steps that can make this difficult moment much easier for the suffering addict, such as the following:

  • Be honest with yourself. Before you can be honest with your family and friends, you have to be so with yourself. There is a problem, and you need help. The problem is beyond your control, and this is why you must let your family know.
  • Know what your problem is. Of course, knowing your problem is essential to explaining it to others. Are you abusing or feel you are beginning to abuse marijuana? Why? How do you explain this to others? Plan your words and say them aloud.
  • Face your fears. If you are afraid to talk with your family, figure out why you have that fear. Is it because you’re afraid they’ll react negatively, or is it because you’re afraid to end your substance abuse? Knowing why you’re afraid can make the fear seem smaller.
  • Have answers. It may seem difficult to form answers when you’re dealing with something as heavy as drug abuse, but be prepared that your family will ask questions and take the time to properly prepare yourself for what those questions might be.
  • Face the decision. In all likelihood, you probably know that the discussion will ultimately put you in a drug rehabilitation situation. This is a logical and necessary step in drug addiction recovery. Know that this is the desired outcome of the discussion and prepare yourself for the moment of decision.
  • Take your time. This is your moment. Take time to organize your thoughts and choose your time. This does not mean that you should hesitate or postpone the decision, but do take a moment to breath and relax.

After going through this simple process in your mind, confronting others about your problem won’t seem as big of a trial, and at least some of the difficult weight you are feeling can be lifted. Whether or not your family is aware or suspects what is going on in your life is inconsequential. It is necessary that they know for certain so that they can help you help yourself.

If you need help talking to your family about your marijuana problem, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number, where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and get you on the road to recovery.