How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One’s Marijuana Addiction

How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One’s Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana is a mind-altering intoxicant, stimulant, psychedelic and depressant. While it directly affects the entire body, the brain is most impacted, since marijuana engages pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, time perception and movement. Because a marijuana addict’s brain is so heavily impacted by the drug, you may need to discuss addiction with your loved one to help her seek treatment.

Effects of Marijuana Use

Part of preparing to discuss a loved one’s addiction includes educating yourself about the drug. It is important to understand the following symptoms of marijuana use:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty learning
  • Impaired memory
  • Distortion of perception
  • Decreased problem-solving skills
  • Increased heart rate
  • Inattention
  • Respiratory problems
  • Increased risk of lung infection
  • Impaired immune system
  • Trouble organizing and using information

If you recognize any of these symptoms in your loved one, marijuana abuse may be the cause.

Is a Conversation an Intervention?

You may not think that discussing addiction with your loved one is an intervention, but the two styles have the same goal of getting the addict to enter treatment. With this in mind, having a conversation with an addict can get him to choose rehab over continuing with drug abuse. Therefore, this conversation would be considered a successful intervention.

Preparing for a Conversation about Addiction

Even though you may not prepare for informal conversations, it helps when discussing addiction, because you should be informed and ready to talk for as long as the addict is willing. Consider the following suggestions before having an intervention:

  • Set realistic expectations for your conversation
  • Learn about how marijuana may impact her receptiveness to your conversation
  • Contact a treatment resource about admission requirements
  • Have the conversation at a time and place that is conducive to recovery, i.e. at the user’s home and while he is sober
  • Keep your emotions in check so as to focus on the goal of the conversation
  • Make sure that you are prepared to implement consequences if the addict refuses treatment. This can let her know how serious you are ending drug use.

This list gives you basic insight on preparing for a conversation with an addict.

Help for Holding an Intervention on Marijuana Abuse

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