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My now 20 year old discovered cannabis at about 16 (I think)and by 17 it had started to control his life. I could see that and I battled to control him but to no avail. It didn't help that pretty much everyone (including his own father) tells you he will grow out of it, it's just a phase or it's 'only' cannabis so not a problem. Over the last 3 years he has stolen from me and his siblings, he has sneaked out at night and taken our car without a licence and then driven stoned, he has yelled abuse at us because we 'don't understand', spent days/weeks at a time missing and hangs around with 'mates' we've never heard of.

Since leaving school the longest he has held down a job is 5 weeks. And now he has been arrested for dealing - he was dealing to support his habit. It may just' be cannabis but I can assure you the addiction is real. Cannabis has taken away the beautiful child I once had and completely controls his life. I used to think legalising cannabis would be a good idea - I certainly don't now. The hardest part as a mother is to try and stop blaming yourself -but try as you might the questions haunt you, "what did I miss?", "what did I do wrong?", "what happened????". It's a daily battle!

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04 oct 2021

Hi, thanks for sharing your story. Your son is lucky that you have been hanging in with him. I understand the feelings of blame, and its good to use your energy in another way. I like all the talk about how their brains are not yet developed even at 20 and he can grow and develop over the next 6-10 years and I wish you the very best. How is it going?

Posted by Huia, 23/05/2020 9:51pm (1 year ago)

Kia ora. Thank you for sharing your story. I just want to say I understand. I would love to talk. Email me any time. Kia kaha. Posted by Dee, 17/12/2018 6:01pm (3 years ago)

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