All forms of substance abuse follow basically the same path.
Myth Patterns of abuse of substances vary widely in scope, severity, and appropriate remediation. There is no “one size fits all” model for addressing the misuse of substances.
Substance abuse is often related to other mental health issues or life struggles.
Fact Many people who abuse substances are self-medicating another issue such as depression, anxiety, or other psychological pain.
Marijuana is harmless.
Myth While marijuana is one of the less harmful substances that humans ingest, many regular users will develop some form of dependency, and up to 10% of users may become addicted. Marijuana can also adversely affect the ability to learn.
When it comes to substance abuse, “tough love” is the only way to go.
Myth There is no evidence to support the use of “tough love” and other highly aggressive confrontations of someone who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Addressing these issues should be done in a calm, caring, and firm way.