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Lost and found: half sibling edition

I found out that I have a half brother five years ago. I got curious, then thanks to the internet, I was able to locate him a year ago. We (mom included) have been in touch, and he wants to be a part of our family, which I love as I am an only child raised by a single mom. The catch: He has problems with addiction, the law, and being employed. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jul 3, 2014 - 32 answers

He ain't heavy...

How do I deal with an immediate family member with substance abuse problems at my upcoming wedding? When do I put my foot down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 38 answers

Living with a food addict

I'm looking for tips and coping strategies and insight for living with a food addict. My domestic partner is now a diabetic and gets pancreatitis because of his overeating. I want ideas for how to lessen the impact on the household and to avoid obsessing about the situation. [more inside]
posted by Jane the Brown on Sep 30, 2012 - 31 answers

Is moving back home the worst thing I could do?

I graduated college a year ago and moved to Baltimore. I’m now considering moving back home to be close to family, save money and travel. Am I possibly making a huge mistake? Special complications inside. [more inside]
posted by saltwater on Jul 29, 2012 - 22 answers

My sister is an addict. What should I do?

My sister is addicted to anti-anxiety pills. I have no clue where to start to help. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope on Nov 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Drug Stealer

My brother in law is stealing prescription pain meds. Do we confront him or just sit on the information? [more inside]
posted by murrey on Nov 26, 2010 - 47 answers

How to recover from a relapse

As an addict, have you dealt with a hidden relapse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Unplanned Intervention over. Now what?

Unplanned Intervention over. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I try to convince my mother to move across the country so I can take care of her and improve our relationship?

Due to years of my mother’s mental illness, dependency on prescription medication, and wildly varying levels lying leading to all sort of trust issues, I am a 30-year old woman with a very complicated relationship with my aging mom. I feel more than a little guilt and sadness about this, and authentically would like to improve our relationship. There are, of course complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

One more slightly dysfunctional family.

Help me help the addicts (and possibly the enablers) in my family. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2008 - 10 answers

So what is he on?

Hello MeFites, I'm trying to determine what drug(s) a member of my family is using. [more inside]
posted by Evan Gaffney on Feb 19, 2008 - 15 answers

A Christmas Story

I haven't spoken to my father in over two years. Today, my mother spoke to him. She sent an email asking me to call him and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2007 - 37 answers

Help me to resent less, help more.

How do you forgive or let go of resentment toward a family member who’s an addict? Also, how do you determine how much of your behavior toward them is reasonable, and how much is just spiteful? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Feb 11, 2007 - 25 answers

Families and Addiction

This is a somewhat personal question. I've recently joined a 12-step fellowship to rid myself of an addiction. It's going well- almost 2 months free. I haven't told my family what's going on yet. Over the last 4 years, we haven't seen that much of eachother, so they don't have much idea of how bad my problem has gotten. They tend towards the judgemental and smothering. My sister is a social worker and she may have put 2 & 2 together. The obvious concerns aside, I'm also not that interested in invoking a lot of drama right now. To any MeFites with experience in these matters, what's a good way of breaking things like these to your family. Thanks.
posted by jonmc on Dec 23, 2003 - 44 answers

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