“Fun/friendly/outgoing” would be words I would use to describe strengths in friends I have known who have struggled with substance abuse. However, all have struggled in their personal lives, (relationships, education, finances and family life) in some way. I work with youth who tend to use marijuana and alcohol and most have had significant difficulties in their lives. Some try to abstain,others advocate for legalization. Often, there is an underlying mental health condition facilitating continued use. In addition, marijuana purchased on the street is often “not pure” and can be dangerous and/or cause further addiction issues.