Helping a person recovering from meth addiction?

by Cathy
(Kentucky)

My daughter has be in prison for 3 yrs. She started with pills & then began using meth (home made)and went down hill fast. She used meth for about 7 months heavily! After 3 months in jail she got out then got pregnant and had a health baby that changed her life. She stayed clean the whole 9 months but had to go back to finish her time. Will be getting out soon. How can we help her?

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by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Cathy,

Wow what a sad story for your daughter and your entire family. Helping her to continue her sobriety has got to be the number one objective for you and for her.

My first recommendation to help her is that you and everyone else involved who is trying to help begin to attend Al-anon meetings three times a week. Once you are regularly attending the meetings then begin to work the 12 steps and get a sponsor who has helped their child to move past drug addition.

The reason you need to start working the steps is because they will give you tremendous INSIGHT about the issues your daughter is really facing as she gets out of jail and begins her life again.

The more you understand about yourself and your daughter the more you will be in a position to support and love your daughter but also to avoid repeating the past if possible.

If you are going to meetings and working the steps hopefully your daughter will be willing to do the same. She should attend 90 meetings in 90 days working the 12 steps DAILY. This will allow her to UNDERSTAND her drug abuse and gain the strength and support necessary to avoid relapse.

Working the steps will not be easy for any of you but the rewards will be so wonderful if your daughter can get the strength and courage she needs to live her life without drugs in it. Addiction is a very nasty disease and it will take every once of energy your family has to move away from it.

Hope this helps and I want to praise you for how wonderful you are to be so supportive of your daughter even as she has made some terrible choices.

Debbie


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