Drug Addictions

Jamie - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Welcome !



Congratulations on taking the first of many steps...



We all know someone either battling their own addiction or the addiction of a loved one. Reaching out and/or sharing our story is how we help each other help our loved ones. Won't you join me in reaching out. . . and offering a hand towards that next step.

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Denise - posted on 04/04/2016

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Please help! I need support and advice for my heroin addicted 27 yr old stepson.
Here is a brief summary of Brandon:
For 22 years he was a smart, bright, handsome, popular, well adjusted, family first son who has never been in trouble with the law, hardly drank and never did drugs.
Then he had a bad break up with a girlfriend.
He couldn't cope, he cried and couldn't sleep, he was depressed and couldn't get over her.
This was 5 years ago.
They have had an on/off volatile relationship since. We believe she started him on Xanax.
Fast forward 5 years now....
He has been in detox unit 5 times, 30 day rehab (which he blames us for all the time saying it ruined his life and his reputation)
He has lost his license due to a seizure from withdrawals.
Stole our car recently.
Smokes Fentnyl and uses OXY and meth.
The one caveat to all of this is somehow he manages to go to work and make $150k a year and is the companies #1 salesman in a high tech company in SF. But has blown about $600k in drugs.
Every paycheck is spent on drugs
He doesn't care about anything but his job and his drugs.
He says he'd rather die than be a rehab kid.
We've kicked him out of the house several times. We have younger children and cannot have his drama be around them. They already are suffering because of him. They have seen him overdose before and are traumatized.
The one enabler is his grandmother. She would rather give him money and shelter than have him on the streets. So, he never hits rock bottom.
She blames my husband and I for his continued usage. She says because we throw him out he feels unwanted and gets depressed and that's why he wants to use.
We want to use an interventionist but we also feel it just won't work.
Any suggestions out there?

Terri - posted on 05/08/2009

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Hi, My daughter has been clean for almost a year. She is 24 and has had a drug problem since 14. I am taking care of her 2 children age 6 and 2. I often share my stories with other people because it is so important for noone to be ashamed. I never ever felt ashamed of my daughter. I am just so glad she is alive. Drug addiction is an illness. This illness has given her Hep C. It has not been easy, but my faith in God has played a major role in getting my family through this. Don't give up on your children, they are gifts from God.

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