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Final part of 'Talking with a young person about cannabis use.

Posted on 11 November, 2015 at 18:05 Comments comments (0)

What to do when all of the above fails

If communication has broken down to the point where parents or friends and the young person concerned can no longer listen to each other, then professional help may be the next step. As a parent you can consult a professional, such as your GP or a ...

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Talking to a young person about cannabis use.

Posted on 11 November, 2015 at 18:00 Comments comments (0)

Ask the young person to provide some ideas about change

If you feel that you have a reasonable level of communication with the young person ask them what they would do if they noticed one of their siblings/friends was having problems with cannabis.

For example:

“ What would be some feelings you might have if you were a parent/friend in my shoes? What do you thin...

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Talking to a young person about cannabis use.

Posted on 11 November, 2015 at 17:55 Comments comments (0)

try to keep the conversation going rather than set deadlines

Young people who use cannabis are often aware that other people are

waiting for them to stop. Sometimes concerned family members or friends

give them a deadline.

As a consequence the young person may become even more resistant. Noone

wants to be pushed to make a big change before ...

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Talking to a young person about cannabis use.

Posted on 11 November, 2015 at 17:50 Comments comments (0)

Avoid debating the benefits and harms of cannabis use.

There are lots of opinions about the health and behavioural effects of cannabis use – many of them are just that – ‘opinions’.  It’s also clear that people use cannabis for many different reasons.

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Talking to a young person about cannabis use.

Posted on 11 November, 2015 at 17:45 Comments comments (0)

Focusing on why the young person is using cannabis may not be productive.

Try to resist the temptation to offer your ideas about why the person uses cannabis because you might be wrong.

Rather than:

“ I know why you smoke. You’ve always been shy and getting stoned...

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