Narcotics Addiction Questions:
What Should I Do? How do I know?
You are faced with a situation and you don’t know what to do. It’s common with people who are dealing with Narcotics Addiction and/or Narcotics Addiction questions for the first time, or even those who have dealt with them for years but never learned about what they can or should do in a given situation. To make navigation a little easier, we have tried to divide questions up into major topic areas, i.e. what to do if you are a spouse or a parent or if you are having troubles. Please also let us know any Narcotics Addiction questions you have by using the "Contact Us" button on the left.
My brother needs help please!
by Christine H
(Ellicott City, MD)
My brothers wife is really addicted to a drug called Butitol headache
medicine. She is using a patch that was put on her by the court for
She goes for a while clean long enough to go to the court and get tested. Then she goes all weekend falling down not even able to talk or take care of her children sometimes 5 or 6 days messed up.
The court has tested her for illegal drugs before and she failed the test and they put her in jail over night and sent her home. They have found her in the woods unable to function knocked out!!!!
He says he has found as many as 200 or more pills in their room hidden. She is getting her pills from a doctor in Puerto Rico ???? They send it to another place closer to the house and then UPS ships it right to the house when my brother is not home.
WHAT IN THE WORLD CAN HE DO ????
They have called the police and they come out when she is found and say they can't do anything because it is not an illegal drug!!!!! Every ambulance that has came out will take her sometimes to the hospital and she is sent home.
She has gone to rehab clinics and still not helping any ideas please help. my brother said she smokes and burns holes in everything. She has been found in the floor all the time knocked out ????
Something Has To Give
by: Ned Wicker
She has a brain disease, which causes her to make bad choices and has severely impaired her ability to make proper decisions about her life as a wife, and member of society.
She will continue to deny her problem. She will blame your brother, belittle your bother and as time goes by, he will no longer be important to her. If her drug use is allowed to continue, their marriage will surely end. Don’t be surprised if she divorces him, because he's inadequate.
So many husbands have suffered through this scenario. It’s almost like a script, a kind of dance that those with the disease have to go through. Because she cannot make good choices, because she is the one with the disease, because she is in denial, she must lay all of the blame elsewhere. That means him. There is hope.
He should call Al-anon and tell them his story. The organization is designed to help husbands who are trying to hold their families together and get help for their addicted wife.
Call Al-anon and get some support.
My dad is an alcoholic?
Hi I am a 22 year old girl who has a dad that is an alcoholic. He has
been drinking ever since I've been alive and he is now breaking down and
realizing his problem.
Only thing is he doesn't have enough money or insurance, neither do I. The other night he told me he didn't drink all day or night and he was going through horrible withdraws.
I'm scared for him. And don't really know what to do. What are the chances of cold turkey? Is that his only option.
Alcohol Withdrawal is Difficult
by: Ned Wicker
Alcohol withdrawal is very difficult and sometimes FATAL, so your dad MUST seek medical help. A trip to the emergency room might be in order. Once he is out and through detoxification, he can turn to Alcoholics Anonymous for help.
He should go to meetings, get a sponsor and start working the 12 Step program. It doesn’t cost any money, but if he works the program, it will work, as it has for millions of people over the last 70 years.
You also can use some support, so I recommend you turn to Al-anon, an organization dedicated to helping daughters just like you. You need to learn how to help him.
Understand that alcoholism is a brain disease, so your father doesn’t have complete control over his drinking. The disease is powerful, which is why a program for him is necessary to rebuild his life and get back on the right path. You can play a huge part in that.
Encourage him to seek medical help, then call AA and get him to go to meetings daily, "90 meetings in 90" days is often the most helpful.