Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Marijuana on Their Own?

Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Marijuana on Their Own?

Whatever influenced your son or daughter to begin using marijuana can contribute to your child’s decision to continue using. Over time, your child may lose the ability to make the decision to quit using. As a parent, you need to educate yourself on the realities, dangers and potential consequences of marijuana use. By learning this information, you will gain a better understanding of why your child won’t, or can’t, stop using marijuana on his or her own and what you can do to help.

Is Your Son or Daughter Addicted to Marijuana?

Marijuana is a popular drug of choice for adolescents. Peer pressure, or the intense need to be accepted, is a major factor that influences adolescent marijuana use. There may be many factors that contributed to your son or daughter’s decision to use marijuana, but these factors alone are not strong enough to keep your child using when the drugs are causing harm. Individuals unable to quit using marijuana on their own are influenced by a dependence or addiction to the drug.

A psychological addiction to marijuana can cause intense psychological cravings to use, and psychological withdrawal symptoms can develop when drug use ceases. Your child may feel anxious and depressed or even experience intense mood swings and headaches when he or she stops using marijuana. When a psychological addiction to marijuana develops, the user may fall into a pattern of using marijuana to deal with all of the problems marijuana use is causing. The user may feel the need to use marijuana for the following reasons:

  • To cope with emotions
  • To escape from problems
  • To address boredom
  • To release stress
  • To decreasing appetite
  • To improve mood

Over time, users can forget other coping mechanisms and strictly rely on marijuana to “solve” all their problems.

How to Help Your Son or Daughter Quit Using Marijuana

There are many obstacles that may prevent your son or daughter from quitting marijuana on his or her own. Your child may be addicted and unable to quit. He or she may be afraid to ask for help, or your child may be in denial of having a drug use problem or addiction. If you’re concerned that your son or daughter has a problem with marijuana, your efforts to find help can prevent your child from facing many devastating consequences.

If you’re ready to confront your son or daughter’s addiction, speaking to your child one-on-one can be helpful. Some users respond well to this approach, feeling less vulnerable and more willing to listen, while others need a more tactical approach. Holding an intervention is a very effective approach for getting drug users to accept treatment help. If your son or daughter has already refused treatment or is in denial, an intervention may be the best approach for getting through to him or her. Interventions are a powerful tool, and if done correctly, they can save lives from drug abuse and addiction.

Does Your Son or Daughter Need Help Quitting Marijuana?

If you are looking to help your son or daughter quit marijuana, please call and speak with one of our highly trained addiction counselors now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment and recovery services needed to help your son or daughter quit using marijuana. Counselors are prepared to answer your questions, address your concerns and provide you with the information you need regarding your options for ending marijuana use. We know how important it is to find quality treatment services that are tailored to the individual’s own, unique recovery needs. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, we can help you find it. Please call and speak with a counselor today.