hi im 15 almost 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. my mother has been addicted to drugs for years now, even thoguh they are prescription, fioricet, ambien cr, xanax, etc, she has massive amounts of 100′s in her cabinet and last night she couldnt walk it took her 10 or 15 minutes to get up the stairs and she was slurring her speech. my father is aware, but she seriously needs help. i was terrified and deff knew she oded, or took a lil to many. idk how to live she always has mood swings, and its been so bad. im so stressed and im trying to do good in school at the same time.
i jsut cant sleep at night thinking about this and my brother was once a street addict he has been clean for 2 years! so thats the only good news. i dont know what to do. and im hurting so badly. i have withdrawn from my friends at school tyring to help her and its gotten me nowhere.
You should consider attending an Al-Anon meeting. They are for family and friends of alcoholics/addicts. They will help you deal with the problems your mother’s addiction are causing for you.
Unfortunately, you can’t do much to help an addict. They are the only ones who can truly help themselves. They have to WANT to quit before anything else will help. All you can do is take care of yourself. Your father should be the one pressing her to seek treatment, but it won’t hurt if you talk to her about getting help when she is fairly lucid. Just tell her how much strain her habits are causing you, and tell her that you will fully support her if she seeks treament. Motivate her to seek help for herself. She can’t quit for you, but she can quit for herself!
Don’t do anything rash, like throwing away her medications. If she tries to go without them for any length of time, there is a good chance she could have a seizure or other serious problems that could kill her. Of course, overdosing could kill her too. That’s why you should go to Al-Anon (or if you aren’t religious, try SOS – secular organization for sobriety, or something similar) and try to convince her to seek help. If she can get her mind clear enough, she may develop a desire to fight her addiction. Good luck.
by: Czar Walters, Child Saver!
on: 23rd January 09