Ask Kari: My teenage son smokes weed every day — how can I convince him to stop?
Dear Kari,My teenage son smokes marijuana almost daily. He is barely keeping up with his schoolwork and I am afraid that he will not finish high school. I have tried to motivate him to stay focused on school and to stop using marijuana but he refuses to do so. I am beginning to wonder if he is using other drugs too at this point. How can I get through to him that using drugs is not a good life plan?
--Worn Out Mom
Dear Worn Out Mom,
You are correct, smoking marijuana everyday is not a good life plan. I would reach out to his school counselor and ask for a meeting to establish exactly where your son is academically. Also, request some additional resources for him such as a weekly check-in with the counselor and his teachers. Follow this up with support from his primary care doctor to help educate your son about the potential long-term effects of marijuana on a growing brain. Then, pick a good time each day to connect with your son for your own check-in, as this will demonstrate to him that he matters to you and your hopes for him to succeed in life are coming from a place of love and care. Good luck! Remember to keep good boundaries but don’t give up. He needs your support.
Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the owner and Clinical Director of Issaquah Highlands Counseling Group (IHCG), which is now Kari O’Neill Counseling.
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