O.K., so you found some weed in your teen-agers room.
Depending on the kind of parent you are, your reaction to that can range from mild amusement to thermonuclear. But assuming you are not going to smoke the stuff yourself, you are confronted with making some decisions on what to do about it. Perhaps you think it is time to call a counselor, or maybe even the thought of a treatment center for young people with drug problems crosses your mind.
As someone who worked in the chemical dependency treatment field for two decades, and who wrote and directed several treatment programs, let me make a suggestion about that.
Donâ€™t even think about it.
To clarify, let me tell you some things you wonâ€™t hear from the staff at treatment programs, or anyone else interested in making a buck off your childâ€™s â€œproblem.â€
First, thereâ€˜s this funny thing about teenage drug addicts. There arenâ€™t any. Or at least they are so far and few between that I can count the ones I have seen on two fingers.
So why are so many teens in treatment?
Well, money, of course. Thereâ€™s gold in the ignorance of them thar parents.
It’s a good and important read and fits in with other information that’s emerging about treatment… when even NIDA’s director notes that it can be harmful:
â€œJust putting kids in group therapy actually promotes greater drug use,â€ says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Drug Treatment is, in many ways, the unexamined scam of the moment. Sure, there is drug treatment that works and that is very important, and yet… and yet… why have I gotten spammed from so many drug treatment centers? And why am I contacted every week by someone “representing” a treatment center that is willing to pay me to put a text link somewhere on my site — even on an old page (I always turn them down).
Oh, yeah, there’s a ton of gold out there.
The sad part is that everyone is being told (partly by the government) that drug problems require treatment. And so parents, at great expense, are forcing their kids (who may have only experimented with pot) into treatment where they lose trust with their family and gain contact with hard core drug users and end up increasing their access to drugs. And then those treatment statistics are used to claim that marijuana is dangerous.