My son has a dual diagnosis... bipolar with addiction to Marijuana. He's been in the hospital three times this year for severe Manic episodes. We are exhausted, stressed and worried... how can we make him understand that he needs to stay on his meds...
The addiction to Marijuana is completely mental and can be fixed with time. Physical addictions are practically non-existent when dealing with Marijuana. To compare the difference between physical and mental addictions, Cocaine would be completely physical. Normally I would suggest Marijuana to people with depression and ect... but Marijuana is probably not the best mix with a Bipolar disorder. For some people Marijuana can cause paranoia, anxiety and panic attacks. So it is possible that under these circumstances Marijuana is increasing the severity of your sons actions. As for the bipolar disorder, I am not educated on, so I really do not want to suggest anything more about drugs or medication. I will suggest that you try and sit down with your son and have a conversation about the effects Marijuana could be having on him. Do a lot of research about Marijuana and try to stay away from government made websites intended to lie to you about the "drug"( sad but true). Try to educate him on all aspects. Meaning the benefit of Marijuana use, and the consequences, even though there is only a few. Kids WILL not listen if you only tell them how bad it is, because in reality Marijuana is not. Coffee is more dangerous to your body and mind than Marijuana use is, even in heavy users. Even if you do not want or like to tell your son the benefits, you must. Be on his side on the subject. Try to avoid attempting to force or even discourage use of Marijuana. Just tell him the truth and facts and I am sure something will click in his brain. He may start to cut down significantly. If he does and the Bipolar disorder lessens in intensity you will know if it is the cause. If you go to youtube and type in " The truth about Marijuana " (without quotations) you will find many informative videos about it. You will be surprised by the facts.
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