I totally agree- cannabis IS addictive. My 17 year old d...

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I totally agree- cannabis IS addictive. My 17 year old daughter has been using cannabis since she was 14. She was continually being suspended fron school, lost her place at college, has been in trouble with the police for fraud/theft and is currently awaiting a court appearance for assault on members of her own family. Her behaviour when she is coming down from the drug, or can't get any is atrocious. She has been extremely aggressive and violent. She gets the shakes, sweats and is extremely volatile when she doesn't have the drug.She has stolen from her own family, money, jewellery, mobile phones, anything that can be sold to raise money to buy the drug. She is working at present and is having great difficulty hiding her craving for the drug while at work. Her physical appearance is awful, she is covered in spots and has lost quite a bit of weight. I have been asked many times if she is on anything else but have never found any evidence to support that. She is spending in excess of £300.00 per month on cannabis- apparently skunk- Can anyone tell me if this is a normal amount to be using? She has now left the family home due to the assaults on her family and is currently staying with her brother and his family. Her relationships with the rest of the family have broken down completely and she is fast losing her friends. I am now at a loss as to how to help her. She has tried several times to give up but it only lasts a few weeks at most and when she is back on thedrug she insists she hasn't got a problem with it at all. I think the worst thing the government could do would be to legalise this drug. Youngsters have already got the impression that it is harmless and it is anything but.The effects of this drug on my family are breaking my heart and I suspect I am not the only parent in this position. I have seen my daughter, one of my sons and two of my brothers almost ruin their lives because of this drug.In my opinion the bigwigs that sit there making these decisions about cannabis need to live in the real world.

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    just stand by your daughter, its not about what is hapening at the moment, because the cannabis she is smoking allows her to forget about this, uits what she has to come, the worst thing anyone can do is turn theur backs on kids in this position.

    I have been through what your daughter has on a smaller scale with my folks and there was no better feeling than knowing they where there for me.

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    I have not turned my back on my daughter- I love her so much. It is so painful for me to see her in the state she is in at the moment. I cannot talk to her, she is smashed out of her face all the time. Her whole existence revolves around thinking about drugs, getting drugs or smoking drugs. I went to see her at her brothers the other day and she cannot stay in the same room as me for more than 5 minutes. She keeps leaving the room to go for a smoke in her bedroom and she even left the house while I was there to go and buy drugs. How do you talk to someone who is constantly thinking about their next smoke and plannimg where to buy it- it's almost impossible because she will tell me anything to get away as quickly as she can. This is heartbreaking for me and has split the family apart. I would do anything to help her but she doesn't want my help or anyone elses at the moment. So what do I do- apart from sit back and watch her destroy herself?

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    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    ALCHOHOL IS THE PROBLEM:headhurts:

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    The pattern you describe is worrying as it does not sound like cannabis use. I have smoked skunk for about 10 years now and have never experienced (or seen friends experience) any of these characteristics. Physical cravings and desperate behaviour when "coming down" and violence sound like symptoms of Heroin addiction...heroin can be smoked so not seeing needle marks does not mean its not being used.

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    Thankyou for the last comment. I have had suspicions for a while that she is using something else(as well as cannabis) I rang a drugs helpline and they told me almost the same thing- that it sounds as though she is using something else too. It has also been suggested that it could be crack and I have heard rumours to that effect. What do you think? She will only admit to cannabis and I can't seem to get any information from anyone- including her brother- who also smokes cannabis- although he has said that foil and spoons have gone missing from his house, but still denies that she could be using anything else. I have now not seen her for 9 months and cannot believe she would stay away from her family for so long if she were just smoking weed. We used to be so close until she started using drugs but i don't know where to turn now!

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