My sister does this. She says she likes how it makes her feel. I dont know how she feels but i can see the effect it has on her, and there is just NO WAY that this could be good! She is more than confused, she wants to sit and have normal conversations with everyone else, but she is talking about things that noone else see's or hears. She even "moves things" that arent there. If you try to bring these things to her attention, then she says we are just being mean and picking on her, or she gets angry and starts yelling. She, if left alone, will wake her 8yr old up at 3am "to get ready for school" over and over again with maybe 30 minutes to an hour in between, just enough time for the poor girl to fall back asleep, then here comes her twacked out mother singing some dumb preschool song waking her up for school at 3:30am! This description is tame compared to the reality of the situation. It is not only these 2 drugs that she abuses, any and all! She started with vicodin for TMJ- now she is on 100mg MS Contin that she takes at least 4 times a day (that we know of) for ?? I guess for just being an addict? I dont really know what the actual "problem" is. But she will not believe that it is harmful to her to take these drugs together and she gets angry that i point out how harmful it is for her daughter to see and live with, etc etc etc PLEASE GIVE ME SOMETHING THAT I CAN PRINT OUT AND SHOW HER...
Nothing that you print and show her will change her mind. She is an addict, and an unfit parent. If you can, I'd petition the court for custody of her child(ren), or at least confer with other family members to see if any of them are willing to take the children.
Only your sister can change her choices. She needs rehab, and substance abuse counseling. But you can't make her go - she has to want to change.
I suppose it could help if you called her doctors, and explained the situation (that might stop them from writing the MS Contin and Ambien scripts). But no one but the police can prevent her from smoking Meth (and hallucinations/psychosis are common side-effects from Meth abuse).
I am sorry there are no easy answers for you, and I'm sorry you're in such a difficult situation. But rather than focus on your sister, who is an adult, made her own (bad) choices, I'd focus on her child(ren), who are innocent and suffering because their mother is an addict. She should NOT have custody of these kids. I'd seek the advice of a family law attorney if you and family members are able to raise the kids while (hopefully) your sister gets her act together by going to rehab and getting help. Often, addicts have to hit rock bottom before realizing they need to change. Losing custody of her kids might be a motivating factor for her to change her behavior.
Also, if you go the legal route, I'd start filming your sister's behavior, as you'll need evidence to prove she's an unfit parent. Flip cameras and nanny cams are relatively cheap, especially compared to sitting on the sidelines and watching her ruin her child(ren)'s lives.
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