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  • Substance use and misuse in Family Systems and Family Law

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    In this blog, I share resources and comment on current issues that affect families, including issues that arise when families are involved in Family Court. The consequences of substance use and misuse are a frequent issue in family systems and a key area of conflict in court matters.

    November 27, 2021

    As the use of marijuana becomes more ‘normalized”, it will be necessary for family law attorneys to rely on addiction counselors to assess pattern of use, methods of use, strength of product and, via drug testing, the level of metabolism. It will also be necessary to interview collateral sources given that the user him or herself is likely to be the least reliable informant when it comes to impairment.