Mother Seeking Treatment For Daughter Struggling With...
Caller: 44-year-old mother on behalf of 15-year-old daughter
Seeking: Treatment options for marijuana smoking
Reason(s): Caller is requesting information on behalf of her daughter that is currently struggling with a marijuana addiction. She states that even though her daughter is only 15 and still in high school, the mom is already worried that her daughter might be losing control. The mom said, “I grew up in the 70’s; I know all about smoking pot here and there… but that was a different era. I am just worried about the fact that marijuana is a gateway drug and that it might give her an in with the wrong crowd”. She describes her daughter as a habitual marijuana smoker. She said that her school performance has been suffering and most mornings she has to make sure her daughter gets to school otherwise she fears that her daughter may remain at home and do nothing throughout the day. The mom says that she throws out the many pipes and smoking devices that her daughter brings home, but fears that she might be getting them from others at school. She has stopped giving her daughter her allowance, but that has also not had the desired result. The mom states “I don’t know if it is peer pressure, problems at school, or just an addictive personality, all I know is that I want something to be done about her constantly smoking pot everywhere.”
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