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Support- Father is a prescription pain med addict

My father has just come home after being in the hospital for a week. He has been a long time addict and abuser of prescription narcotics and opiates. He got a new doctor who prescribed him OxyContin and he overdosed and aspirated something in his sleep. I found him in time to call 911 and save his life.

He admits he has a problem and he says he going to a pain clinic this time for help. I hope he does. And “intervention” and a drug rehab will never happen.

I was told to go to Al-anon for support – I’m discovering how much his addiction is affecting me and how I am being manipulated by him . .. but this group seems more alcoholism based- is there a place for me at meetings? Are there specific meeting that cater to family members of other types of addicts?

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Celebrate Recovery may also be an option

by: Debbie Wicker

So very sorry to hear about the problems you’ve gone through with your father. Saving his life is commendable but the toll it may be taking on you emotionally can be quite high.

Al-anon is a VERY large and diverse organization so that some meetings are focused on alcohol and other are focused on other drugs.

My first recommendation is to try different meetings in your area. I have a patient, who has been going to Al-anon for a number of years, who drives 35 miles to her meetings rather than any local meetings because it meets her needs.

Find a meeting that you like before you choose the group you will attend. It may take you driving a little further but hopefully you’ll find a meeting that helps you to get through this awful experience.

You should also consider going to Celebrate Recovery meetings, often hosted at local churches. These churches usually offer excellent support and services.

Finally, I would recommend you seek individual counseling. You’ve gone through an extremely traumatic time and it may cause you to suffer from depression and/or anxiety. An individual counselor can assess your issues and help you to work through them before they get any worse.

Good Luck!

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