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Q: My son who is 18 years old has been smoking pot for several years and now has begun snorting cocaine and probably using other drugs. I can’t seem to get through to him. What can I do to help him get off drugs? What are my first steps? I am scared to death he will end up dead due to an over dose or someone killing him.

A: Watching a child put himself at risk is one of the scariest things a parent can go through. I hope you have a partner and good friends around you to give you the support you need. Teens and drugs is such a complicated issue that a short answer in the “ask” section of this website can’t do it justice. I wrote a full length article for our library awhile ago. I hope you find it helpful. You can find it at

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Son is using drugs.

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Son is using drugs.

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Son is using drugs.. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from
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