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OASIS on the Move: How Do I Know if I Have a Marijuana Problem?

The final part of a two part series dealing with marijuana.

The following is written by Dan Tarlin of OASIS.

Dan Tarlin is a clinical social worker and Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor at Westwood Lodge Hospital, where he directs the Partial Hospital Programs for children, adolescents, and adults.  He has been working in the field for over twenty years and is a charter member of OASIS.

OASIS (Organizing Against Substances In Stoughton) partners with a diverse group of people and agencies that offer various support for: families, education in schools, policy development and after-school programs.

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Marijuana Series Part 2 – How Do I Know if I Have a Marijuana Problem?

I tried to rebut some of the common arguments of the pro-hemp forces.  While marijuana is not as dangerous as opiates or cocaine, it is still a psychoactive and illegal drug, and it harms people. 

Some people reading this article will be unconvinced, however, and may say “OK, weed isn’t health food, but I use it and it hasn’t destroyed my life”.

Maybe it hasn’t.  But I would urge you to ask yourself some tough questions:

 

  • Do you have less motivation in school than you used to?  Are your grades going down? 
  • Has your job performance deteriorated?  Do you skip work more?  Have you been sanctioned or fired from work?
  • Have you stopped doing healthy activities that you used to enjoy?
  • Do some people who used to spend time with you now refuse to do so?
  • Are parents/friends/relatives/girlfriends/boyfriends telling you that you are smoking too much?
  • Are you in legal trouble?
  • Do you find yourself thinking about weed a lot when you haven’t smoked in a while?
  • Are you always broke?
  • Have you stolen money or drugs from people close to you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, is it possible that marijuana use has contributed to any of this? 

If so, help is out there - contact OASIS (http://www.stoughtonoasis.org/) and we can help put you in touch with professionals who know how to help.

To read part I of the marijuana series, click here.

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Chas Holman March 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hod do I know if I have a 'yellow journalism' problem?
Kevin Sterling March 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
An argument built on a platform of bald faced lies, half truths, and hysterical rhetoric just isn't going to sway people from choosing to enjoy cannabis. After decades of using that strategy don't you think it's time to admit that it's an utter failure? Aside from being a well proven failure your offensive stereotyping and untrue assertions are downright dangerous to youth. When they figure out that the case against cannabis is based on lies, the natural progression of an immature mind is to conclude that they're likely being lied to about the risk of truly dangerous, addictive drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth and drinking alcohol. The fact of the matter is that the rate of youth use of cannabis in this Country is at a 30 year high, while their rates of use of both tobacco and drinking alcohol at at 30 year lows. These statistics plainly demonstrate that the truth combined with well enforced age limits at the point of sale work to keep drugs of abuse out of the hands of our youth. Bald faced lies, half truths, and hysterical rhetoric combined with assigning the market to people willing to commit felonies in the normal course of business do not.
Paul Hurteau October 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Hmm, sounds like me when I was drinking! ________________________________________________________________ Do you have less motivation in school than you used to? Are your grades going down? Has your job performance deteriorated? Do you skip work more? Have you been sanctioned or fired from work? Have you stopped doing healthy activities that you used to enjoy? Do some people who used to spend time with you now refuse to do so? Are parents/friends/relatives/girlfriends/boyfriends telling you that you are smoking too much? Are you in legal trouble? Do you find yourself thinking about weed a lot when you haven’t smoked in a while? Are you always broke? Have you stolen money or drugs from people close to you?

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