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What's should I do to help my heroin addicted daughter?

by Sylvie
(Edinburgh, Scotland)

I have a 26 years old daughter drug addict, she has been taking heroin for 4 years and have tried to stop and after 5 months being off it, she started again. She is going to take a blocker and hope this is going to help. I have been the only one trying to help her and am the only one who knows that she started again.

I have started feeling really depressed because I also having to go through a separation after 28 years being with her dad. I feel I myself need some support and would like to know where to go.

I am presently staying in Edinburgh. However I am also living in Bangkok Thailand and was wondering if it was better to come back to stay near her or should I keep living my life as I use to? I have come back to live in Edinburgh for 6 months last year but that hasn't stopped her from taking it.

I actually thought she had stopped but caught her taking it and it was most devastating to find out she had started again.

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Stay with her, you may be all she has
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Sylvie,

Relapse from heroin is addiction occurs at least 65% of the time. Don't condemn your daughter for her relapse but encourage her to get back into treatment ASAP. Most relapse, but if she stopped once she can quit again.

Try to get her to go to AA or NA meetings regularly and to find a sponsor who has overcome heroin addiction.

I would stay with her so that she has your love and support. Heroin addiction is a dark lonely tunnel and without you with her, she may have no one who truly cares about her best interests. If you leave she may sink deeper into her addiction.

You're also going through a very sad time with your divorce and may want to seek support for yourself as well. Depression is a serious mental health disorder that should not be taken lightly. Consider seeking counseling for yourself so that you can be as strong as necessary for your daughter.

Good Luck,

Debbie

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