Dealing With a Family Members Drug Addiction. Need Help?

Question by smaceroni: Dealing with a family members drug addiction. Need help?
OK my sister has been addicted to Ambien for about 4 years now. She has through detox and rehab twice and hasnt gotten better. She is still very much addicted and supoosed to be going into another detox/rehab. She has been supposed to go nor for 2 weeks but everyday comes up with new excuse or chickens out. I have been supportive or encouraging but now its getting hard for me to be that way cause it hard for me to believe that she is actually going to go. She gets mad when I try to give her “tough love”. She gets mad that my parents and I never went to some type of counseling to learn about her problem. She says that since I have never been addicted I dont know what its like. I understand that, but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to know that its going to be pure hell to go through detox and rehab and stay clean. I just dont know what to do or say to her anymore. Has anyone been in this situation? What should I say or do? She is 34 and Im 26

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Answer by free_angel
Tell her if she wants help bad enough, she’ll find a way to get it. And leave things at that.

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2 Responses to Dealing With a Family Members Drug Addiction. Need Help?

  • awommack says:

    just tell them

  • Oh by Gee it's me! says:

    Some addicts do rehab circuit meaning that they go there to escape. Plus drugging itself is an escape. I am sorry to say that not all addicts do recover. One of the major factors of none recovery is the family enabling them by pandering to their outbursts, their demands and continuing to help them. One has to understand that addiction can mean death. Both for the person addicted and for the family to come to grips with this idea.

    You should try the confrontation method, get the family together and some friends, each of you write a letter to her which you will all read aloud to her. Stating the facts of things she has done. All agree that if she does not go into rehab and maintain two months sobriety after rehab you will have to move away from her emotionally, forever. Tell her too that you love her, but she has left you all no choice. She needs to understand her own illness it is hers not yours. She is way and beyond the age of being considered an adult. You can ask a rehab counselor to sit in on this meeting to “catch” her as she will be emotional. But stick to your guns and realize you could lose her forever either because of drugs or because she is not a person that you need in your life.

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