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My sister is an opiate addict?

by Janet

My sister is an opiate addict. Her choice of pills are painkillers. She steals money, food, clothing to sell, and pills from my mother. My love for her always gets in the way and I am so tired of yelling at her and pretending I'm accepting her denial.

Other than me, my concern is the manipulation she does to my elderly parents. I have two lovely ladies helping my parents during the day from a well known elder care organization and they told me today if money and pills are missing in the future, they will call the Department of Aging. I can't really keep my sister away from her parents.

Any ideas?

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Opiate addiction is a fatal disease of the brain.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Janet,

You're in a very difficult situation that has no easy answers.Opiate addiction attacks the brain and is likely turning your sister into someone you don't know and won't recognize. There brain becomes completely obsessed with getting the next "high" and addicts will often do ANYTHING to get it.

My recommendation is two-fold. First, find a few good Al-anon meetings in your area and begin going to meetings, finding a sponsor and working the steps. The more your learn about your sister's disease the better able you'll be to help her and to protect your parents.

Second, don't protect your sister from the consequences of her addiction. Love her but HATE her addiction. If she steals, call the police and have her arrested, jail is often a great place to get sober. Your sister's addiction, if left untreated, will likely kill her so any denial or enabling of her addiction will be deadly for her.

Good luck,

Debbie

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