Need to help sister who is using heroin?

by Anna

My sister is using heroin and i want to get her help. i don't know were to start. i was looking for guidance. When should i confront her? etc.

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Don't take no for an answer
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Anna,

Your sister likely has an addiction to heroin, a disease of the brain that will control her and try to stop her from getting the help she needs. Your sister's brain has been changed by the drug and the ONLY thing that matters is getting the drug. She is really not your sister any more until she stops using the drug and her brain returns to normal.

She will be willing to do ANYTHING to get the drug and has likely stopped telling the truth long ago.

You need to get her into treatment and to stop using. She will resist you at EVERY turn but keep trying, don't give up.

You need to find a good local treatment center in your area. Call your doctor or local hospital and they will refer you to a good program. Then call that treatment center and meet with them and ask for their help to get your sister into treatment. They should have expert interventionists that will know the best steps to follow to get your sister the help she needs. Don't try to do an intervention by yourself because you're likely to do more harm than good.

Also, if money is an issue, Teen Challenge is an EXCELLENT program and costs very little is any money.

You should also start attending Al-anon meetings in your area to find out more about addiction and what you can do to support your sister while she is in recovery. Many local churches offer programs and also offer safe environments for meetings.

Your sister is in crisis and has lost all power to reason and help herself, your support will likely be critical to her survival.

Good Luck and may God Bless you and your sister!

Debbie

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