When my son entered grade 12 he had gravitated towards a new group of friends that loved to party and smoke weed. They didn’t see weed as a problem. He would tell us that “If it were really that bad, the government wouldn’t legalize it”. Our son was an accomplished athlete at the provincial level, and within a year we saw his passion and commitment to sports decline along with his grades. My wife and I had little experience with pot growing up, so when we tried to talk to him about it, it was hard to understand his perspective on why he was smoking weed. He felt we were lecturing him and would tune us out. We knew we needed help and decided to give Michael a call.
Michael met with us as a family to better understand our family values and dynamics. He then met privately with our son, and developed a non-judgemental relationship based on trust and respect. Michael would meet and follow up with him on a regular basis. Our son listened and responded positively, as a result of his interactions with Michael.
Thanks to Michael, our son has been more open to talking with us about the issues related to pot use and he now makes choices that align with the values that we instilled in him. He has re-established his long-time friendships, and his focus once again is on school and sports.
We highly recommend Michael to anyone or any family facing problematic substance use issues.