Caller: 39-year old mom calling on behalf of her teenage son
Problem: Marijuana abuse
Seeking: Rehab program with a detox treatment
Reason(s): The mother is concerned that her teenage son shows signs that he may be struggling with marijuana addiction. She said she recognizes that certain states may have made the substance legal, but does not live in one of those states and also does not believe that underage people are allowed to partake anyway. The mother said, “I have read all the books about how teenagers, especially boys, are going to become more rebellious as they get older. However, he does not even leave his room anymore when he is here. Even when we ground him he leaves anyway, and of course I do not want to call the police on him but I also do not know what else we can do at this point.” According to the mom, her son fell in with the wrong crowd two years ago and might be heading down the wrong path. She also said that she was worried about the gateway drug effect. She admits that while it might be legal in certain states, she is concerned that trying marijuana might lead to her son trying other illicit substances in the future. She said, “I would rather be a strict mom now and see what I can do to send my son for rehab now that can detox this stuff out of his body, than for a heroin addiction later and wonder what I could have done differently.”
One Response to “Mother Seeks Help For Son Struggling With Marijuana Abuse”
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The issue with 12 step programs is that they were the first real drug and alcohol addiction treatment offered to the public. Because many realize that addiction is something that they cannot overcome by themselves, popularity boomed quickly. While the research now shows 12 step programs are almost as effective as doing nothing at all, they are still the first name associated with drug addiction by virtue of "being first."
Not all non 12 step programs are the same, which makes it important to find the right program for you or your loved one. It is important to find a long-term, holistic treatment option that treats each patient as an individual.
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This depends on the programs and on your insurance. More and more insurance companies are realizing the need for proper alternative drug treatment and extending coverage. This is due to the better results offered by a holistic approach and the financial benefits of most patients not relapsing.