‘I have a glass of wine at lunch and my Mam doesn’t approve’

Tell Me About It: ‘I moved back in with my folks who think I have dependency issues’

‘I haven’t been smoking much because of lockdown and instead have a few glasses of wine every day.’ Photograph: iStock

‘I haven’t been smoking much because of lockdown and instead have a few glasses of wine every day.’ Photograph: iStock

Question: I’m a woman in my mid-30s. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and I moved back home with my folks after living in the US for almost two decades. They’re sceptical about my ADHD diagnosis as I wasn’t a “hyper” child and was grand in school and college.

In the US I smoked weed [cannabis] and have been honest with my folks about that and now they think I have substance abuse issues. I think they have internalised stigma about cannabis use because it’s not legal in this country. I’m thinking of moving to a country where cannabis is legal because it’s too stressful to try to find it here, plus there are moral and legal reasons not to [buy it] but maybe that is a sign of dependency?

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