Jules — May 23, 2021

Hi Laura, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am certain Johnny was an amazing young man. His story is so very similar to my son’s, and they were born the same year. My son started using his junior year in high school when he was 15. He was young for his grade. By the time he went off to a UC he was smoking daily. This highly academic student began to lose the ability to focus, and his anxiety got out of control. We had our first indication of psychosis on Mother’s Day 2020 when he was home during lock down. We took him to the ER and he was diagnosed with “cannabis use disorder.” I did not understand at the time that this meant “your son is addicted.” He got into an outpatient program through his UC and after a brief stint at sobriety, he relapsed. He subsequently had 5 more hospitalizations with in a brief 3-month period. Luckily we got him into an inpatient rehab program for dual diagnosis since the medical community cannot untangle true underlying mental illness from CIP until the patient is 6 months sober. He was there for 2 months. He’s now been sober for 8 months. His bipolar diagnosis has been revised to CIP. He attends MA regularly and is in therapy. He is ready to return to university this fall. BUT my God, this could have easily been a different ending. It still could be. Sobriety is something my son will have to remain actively committed to the rest of his live. Anyway, I want to thank you for sharing your story, for setting up a non-profit to spread awareness of CIP. Without awareness and education, this tragedy will play out across too many families. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

3 Replies to “Jules — May 23, 2021”

  1. Grateful for Jules sharing her son’s story.
    Can she share how she found the dual treatment facility?

    1. Hi Theresa – I found the dual treatment by calling over 10 other places and being turned away. Finally, someone who turned me away had a recommendation for Psychological Care and Healing Center (PCH) https://www.pchtreatment.com/ in Los Angeles. They do not specialize in CIP, but they do offer dual diagnosis treatment. So they were able to get our son stabilized and begin recovery for cannabis abuse disorder (addiction). I truly hope this helps you.

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