How can I help my grandson?

by Lydia

Hello,

My name is Lydia, I have a 27 year old daughter that is on pain meds and is addicted. She is the mother of a 17 month old boy and she has just started shooting oxycodone and i am not sure about meth and suboxone.

I need to know what i can do to get my grandson out of this situation?! This is one of the most heartbreaking things i have had to do, I love my daughter but i Love my grandson more he can't help himself.

Need Help Please.

Lydia

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by: Ned Wicker

Dear Lydia,
It is a decision that no mother wants to make. Nothing is more sacred than the relationship between mother and child, but when mom makes terrible decisions and is not accountable for her actions, the child will suffer. Shooting oxy and taking a variety of other drugs puts the child in jeopardy.
While it will probably do little or no good to confront your daughter, you may want to explain that you are concerned and you want her to seek help for her substance use disorder. She also needs to understand that her actions will have consequences, one of which is you going to the family courts to have the child removed from the home. The can be avoided if she agrees to go into treatment. Understand that she may not care what you say and she’ll continue to use regardless of the consequences, mainly because her disease has progressed to the point where she no longer has any choice. Sometimes a person will keep on using no matter what, so the only way to save your daughter might be to turn her in.
You also need to get some support for yourself and I’d suggest Al-Anon. It’s an organization designed specifically to help people like you and believe me there are moms out there who have gone down the same path you are walking on, so do not be afraid to seek them out and allow them to help you.
As much as it hurts, you have to focus your attention at protecting your grandson and getting your daughter into treatment. She will try to manipulate you, she’ll get angry with you and she’ll lie to you, just to get you to back off. Don’t do that. Stay your course. This story can have a happy ending, but you’re going to have to be strong.

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by: Margaret

Hi my name is Margaret,

I have a grandson who is only 15 years old and he is experimenting with drugs nothing heavy but none the less it's drugs and I want to stop it before he try's something else. He's been arrested 3 times and I feel that next time he gets arrested he will end up in the big boys prison.

His father was murdered about 4 years ago and it was drug related. I don't want this to happen to my grandson. Please if anyone out there knows of a rehab for him or something that can help me I would realty appreciate it so much.

Thank you Margaret

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by: Anonymous

Hi!

Worried about my grandson. His 23 yrs.old lives in Dallas. He was admitted to the hospital for infection for using dirty needles. He got operated on both his arms.

Somehow one of his friend snuck in and gave him something. My daughter right away questioned him. He was acting different. We don't know what to do. We don't want to loose him.

You and your daughter must start going to Al-anon to learn about addiction.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Anonymous,

Your grandson is almost certainly addicted to heroin or some other IV drug. The person who snuck into his room to give him the drug likely WANTS to keep him addicted, probably because he/she is a dealer and makes money from your grandson.

You and your daughter need to learn as much about addiction as you can as quickly as possible. Addiction is a disease that attacks our brain and convinces us that we MUST use and nothing else matters.

Al-anon and working the 12 steps will help you both learn what you need to do to help your grandson to end his addiction. Your daughter needs to learn how to love her son but to HATE his addiction.

Dallas has a lot of great Al-anon meetings so you should start going today if possible so you learn how to fight this deadly disease.

Debbie

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