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I have a 20 year old grandson that has been on marijuana for several years now. He has displayed...
all the the signs of addiction. Headaches, no appetite, cold sweats in bed. Verbal abuse to his parents with disrespect etc. As a grandfather, is there anyway I can help him? His parents are more than willing to see their son try to stop this addiction. So much is dependant on him.
such a tough age. he is an adult and yet he is still developing mentally until about the age of 25. without knowing what steps the parents have already taken, a 20 year old is not going to listen to reason. sometimes it takes them getting in trouble to realize the perils of drug use. if he spends time with you, maybe you could do something together even if only going out for a lunch or dinner together. he may feel like he wants to stop, but is pressured by his friends and doesn't feel like he can talk to his parents. I wish I could give you better advice, but it's a tough situation and some young adults see no wrong with it until they get in trouble and end up in jail. he has to be the one to make that decision to stop. I wish you the very best. he's lucky to have a grandfather who is involved in his life!
i used to be addicted for many years and what helped me was finding something else that i loved to do more than get high. for me it was fishing but chances are it will be something different. take him out for some quality time just you and him dont talk to him about it or anything just make sure he has a kick ass time, maybe you could take him go-carting, indoor skydiving, just think of something that he will really enjoy that he will want to do again and again. i used to smoke all the time back in the 80s, i stopped and now im a college professor. many drug preventing programs throw false facts at people to scare them into never even attempting, so dont worry too much because its not as hrmful as it may seem. you could always bribe him or something too.
Marijuana increases appetite, relieves pain and does not cause cold sweats. If it did result in those symptoms, it would not be moving into a more prominent use for valid medical purposes.
However, all of the side effects you have described are very common with people who are using or abusing amphetamines, and they show up with both casual use or addictive consumption.
I think you and your grandson's parents need to either confront him about his behavior and get him help. Iif you are unable or unwilling to do that, all you have to do is call the cops on him. That will pretty much have the same effect, albeit it does bring criminal charges along with it.
I have to agree with relache on this one - the cold sweats is not typical of marijuana use. Increased appetite, low energy, lack of money... sure, but cold sweats and ornery behavior are much more indicative of an "upper" drug. Many people who smoke weed also do other drugs and let me tell you -- if he is doing cocaine or something similar (such as crack or meth), he is VERY apt to lie about it.
Other addictions that cause sweating include alcohol and certain prescription drugs.
Also, I would argue with anyone over marijuana being a biological addiction -- it is NOT like nicotine. Psychological addiction? Sure. But big time withdrawals? Nope.
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