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What to do when your kid is a marijuana addict

Here’s a very interesting article by a former drug treatment counselor about what to do if you discover your kid is smoking pot.  As always, you should read the whole thing.  However, I will tell you the short version is not “send them to drug treatment.”  The author argues that if you send your kid for an evaluation, what you will be told about the severity of your kid’s problem and the amount and type of treatment necessary will be almost entirely dependent on how good your insurance is and what it will pay for.  Not to mention the fact that if your kid is basically a pretty good kid and you send them to treatment, you are almost guaranteed to make them worse, because you are reducing the amount of time they are around positive influences and cooping them up with negative influences.

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