Important information for relatives

The situation involving friends

bildIn relationship with the growing attention for those demonstrating the first incidence of an illness, the view also extends beyond that of the relatives from the more narrow primary or secondary family. If there are still circles of friends, then some juveniles subjectively consider themselves to be especially well looked after, bound or excluded, consider themselves to be exposed to intensive conflicts in loyalty or want to fulfil actual or assumed claims which might possibly even have more significance than in the family. Especially for individuals demonstrating experiences with drugs, the relationships with the respective "subculture" play an important role. Of the male individuals coming to our outpatient department with their first diagnosis of this illness, about 90% consume at least cannabis, and most of them do so together in groups.

After recovering from a psychosis, how can they accept the fact themselves, and also claim to the others, that the danger associated with cannabis is not disproportionately larger than for others? How can the friends help them with it? Don't therapists have to learn to also include peer groups much more intensively?

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