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Q-9:  My husband is a cannabis user. He is doing a good job and provides everything to me. But I am very concerned about his addiction. I requested him many times to quit drugs but he does not consider it addiction. He says that despite using cannabis, he is doing his job very well. He is not willing to see the dark side of drug addiction. Kindly help me in this regard. Kulsoom - Multan

A:  Dear Kulsoom, all kinds of drugs are harmful for health. Cannabis works as a slow poison. Like others, your husband does not take it as a drug addiction. You could not convince him because you are his wife. Usually, drug abusers do not pay attention to what their family is saying. Any suggestion from family is taken as routine lectures; therefore, they are not easily convinced. You should help from others (relatives, friends or any professional) who could tell him the harmful effects of cannabis use. You approach health professional of your city and discuss your problem in detail. He or she may better help you.  Also talk to a reliable person of your acquaintance. If you are educated, you could get information from magazine, website about cannabis addiction and discuss with your husband. Motivating and treating drug addict family member entails continuous struggle. DFN

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