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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President



Peer Pressure

LeafQ. Do you think that people who have been smoking marijuana all their lives put pressure on their friends and loved ones? How do you deal with this stress?

Anyone who uses marijuana, alcohol or any other type of drug excessively and on a daily basis is likely to experience some problems. They may be less motivated and lethargic and become withdrawn, irritable, moody and less able to concentrate. As a result, functioning on a day-to-day basis (whether at work or with friends and family) can be affected in a variety of ways. This certainly can put pressure on family and friends, and coping with these pressures can be difficult for all concerned. It is hoped that, ultimately, the person would voluntarily seek appropriate help to learn to control and reduce or stop their drug use. However, many people in this situation do not seek help for a variety of reasons.

A good starting point for you may be to get good quality information and advice to understand the drug, its use and effects. This can be obtained from government drug and alcohol services, which produce very useful information on a wide range of drug use issues. You also need to set some limits on what you will put up with, particularly if there are financial issues involved.

You may like to contact a support group. Many people in your situation find it helpful to discuss their concerns with others who are experiencing, or have experienced, similar situations. You can also find this information from drug and alcohol services. Accessing appropriate information and support may provide you with strategies to encourage the person to confront their problem and seek appropriate assistance.