We care, for the better.
A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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Posted by Pally on 11 April 2013.
The only thing i can compare my life to is being tortured. My daughter will be 27 soon and has had an alchohol problem since she was 14. Until a couple of years ago i thought it was only alcohol until she got sent to prison for drink driving and then i discovered that she had had a cardiac arrest from taking someone elses methodone and had also been arrested for possession of Ketamine. I guess i lived with my head in the sands but being someone who doesn't even smoke i believed everything she said. So over the last couple of years i have had to deal with visiting prison, which was hell for me, seeing muy daughters decline from bad to worse. Watching her have a convulsion in my garden and thinking she was dead. My daughter was a beautiful child and so sweet. She now looks like a down and out and will very likely lose her teeth soon. She was in hospital three times last year and often has bladder problems which is most likely due to Ketamine. She always has a longterm boyfriend, but they have gone from bad to worse and this one is an ex heroin addict who is also an alcoholic and lets her do what she wants as long as she doesn't leave him. I think of my daughter as soon as i wake up and most of the rest of the time. It is like a living bereavment. i have lost my little girl and i can't see any light at the end of the tunnel. She doesn't want to give up drinking. I have to spend my time waiting for that knock on my door to say that she is dead and if she doesn't die from drugs or alcohol or a violent death, then it will be from cancer or cirrohsis. I have been to counselling over the years, but what i really need is to talk to people who understand what it is like to have a child who will very likely always be an addict and possibly die. I have been through this for 12yrs now and it never gets better. I have three other children but this doesn't help the agony of knowing how my lovely daughter spends her time. i can't imagine much torture worse than this.
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