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One of us will die soon from my daughter’s addiction

by Katherine


My youngest daughter is addicted to drugs, and has been for almost 15 years. I believe that she or I will die soon from her addiction. She has been to treatment five times, and legally committed three times; in which she was in treatment for over 90 days. I am looking for an Al-anon meeting for my self, and a NA meeting for my daughter. Her name is Kathleen…

Thank you,

Kathleen’s mother

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Dual-diagnosis MUCH harder to treat

by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Katherine,

It sounds like your daughter has what is called a co-occurring mental health disorder. What that means is she has two problems rather than just one. Her first problem is that she has a severe mental health disorder that is being complicated by her second problem which is substance addiction.

There has been a lot of recent research on your daughter’s problem and some new treatment issues have been identified when addiction co-occurs with a major mental health disorder:

– There are worst treatment outcomes for both disorders,

– There is usually higher health care utilization and higher medical costs,

– There is increased risk of violence, trauma, suicide, child abuse, child neglect and criminal justice involvement.


– There is likely a faster progression to addiction,

– Patient less likely to comply with treatment,

– Patient is more likely to be hospitalized,

– Patient is more likely to commit suicide and relapse faster.

– Integrated treatment is the best option

It sounds like you have been there with your daughter TRYING to help her anyway you can. Joining Al-anon is an EXCELLENT next step for you and I encourage you to go to the meetings as often as possible to get the support you need.

I don’t know your location but I can tell you how to search for the closed Al-anon meeting in your area.

Go to Google search and enter “Find Al-anon meeting in (Your City Name)”. Search through the results and you should find quite a few meetings near you.

There is also another program called Celebrate Recovery, held at many local churches which you may also find to be very helpful.

You and your daughter have a VERY difficult challenge ahead of you but there is ALWAYS HOPE!

Good Luck,


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