My sister is an addict. What should I do?
November 15, 2011 8:37 AM Subscribe
My sister is addicted to anti-anxiety pills. I have no clue where to start to help. What should I do?
posted by theholotrope to society & culture (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hey, mefi. I'm going through some tough times at the moment. I know you guys can point me in the right direction on where to start with this. Here goes:
My family is in crisis. I've never seen my mom this worried and I am worried for her health. It turns out her daughter has been stealing from her husband, crashing her car because she was on I-don't-know-what-pill, she lost one of her kids at the mall last week (a stranger brought her back), asking us for money and making shit up, going god-knows-where to get prescriptions from shady doctors and pawning off some expensive watches for more money. She's a fucking addict and her husband is threatening to leave her and taking her two kids if she does it again. I'm really pissed off at her but at the moment things are kinda shaky and I don't want to rock the boat that much before I find out a little about addiction.
My parents took her to a doctor who says he doesn't recommend rehab and wants to keep her in her care. I think he is charging my parents way too much. In my very humble experience, I think sending her to rehab might help but I am often dissuaded by this choice since a lot of people go into remission afterwards. Do you guys have any experience with this?
I don't want to suggest something that might harm my mom further because she is already on the edge and I'd rather come with credible information on the subject. Might rehab be the right choice? Or at least get a second opinion, right? What do you guys think? Can you point me to some info?