Brief Marijuana Dependence Counseling

These three examples illustrate several important questions commonly asked by people about their marijuana use:

• Is it possible to be dependent on marijuana?

• Do I want to stop using because of what I've experienced?

• Can I succeed in stopping, given the challenges I've faced in the past?

The counseling approach presented in this manual addresses these issues among others. It comprises three key intervention components: motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral skills training, and case management. Each session presents examples of how a counselor might introduce certain topics, facilitate the client's resolution to stop using marijuana, provide skills training, and help the client access needed community supports.

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