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

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

You have been struggling with the decision about whether you should tell your family about your marijuana use. There have been so many times in the past that you actually wanted to get caught smoking pot so that you would not have to hide it anymore. Take pride in the fact that you are acting responsibly right now by choosing to reach out to get help for your marijuana abuse.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In an ideal situation (the good), when you approach your family about your drug use, they will have been waiting for you to talk to them for quite some time. They may share their pride in you for deciding to rid your life of marijuana. They may be relieved and encouraged by your admission, and offer to help you in any way they can.
However, in some cases (the bad), your family members may be completely unaware and shocked when you tell them about your marijuana use. They may tell you that they are hurt by your destructive behavior. They may also not know how to handle this acknowledgement and panic. They may rush into decisions on how they can help you and take the responsibility away from you.

In the worse cases (the ugly), your family members may take your drug use personally, blaming themselves or even accusing you of embarrassing the family. They may be so intolerant of your behavior that they ask you to leave the home until you are healthy; offering you no support to achieve that goal.

Anticipate and Respond

You know your family. If you spend the time considering how they are most likely to react, you can prepare information to help them and yourself.

  • Will your family judge you? If so, be prepared for that and short-circuit this reaction by redirecting their focus to the mature and responsible decision you’ve made to seek their help in overcoming this difficulty.
  • Will your family understand the addiction? If not, learn what you can about the addition and provide them with information about various treatment options.
  • Is your family willing to reach out for help? If yes, you may suggest that you and your family attend counseling to explore the family dynamics that can support your recovery.
  • How open are your family members? It may be helpful at this time to seek an interventionist who can facilitate this discussion.
  • Will your family want to help you financially? If yes, help your family understand that they should not give you money directly because you may use that to buy marijuana. Instead, they can help you find an addiction treatment program that is right for you, help with the expenses associated with the treatment facility, and help pay some living expenses temporarily until you are back on solid financial ground.

Get Help for Marijuana Addiction

We know that it is difficult to approach your family about your marijuana use. We want to support you and provide any information you may need, so please call our toll free number any time, day or night, to discuss your concerns and help you plan to discuss your marijuana use with your family.