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01-27-2009, 04:09 PM
Hi everybody...I need some advice.
My brother is 29 years old and he is addicted to Oxycontin and Zanex, and numerous others.He has been addicted to these pills for about 2 years now, he doesn't swallow them, he snorts them and is spending $800 a week. The family did an intervention about 4 months ago and we put him in rehab for 3 weeks, we paid out of pocket because my brother has no insurance, this cost $9000. He "seemed" to do ok when he first left rehab, and was going to meetings every week, but then stopped because he didn't like them. i found out last week that he is back to doing the drugs again, more than he was before he went into rehab. My brother lives with my mom, she will never kick him out. We don't know what to do now, we cannot afford to send him to rehab again and he does not have insurance, and will not get any insurance. I don't know what to tell my mom, the only thing I can think of is telling her is to make him go to Narcotics Anonymous Meetings again and to go with him, like they used to, or else. What I'm asking is......he is a full blown addict again now, will going to these meeting help, or does he need to be detoxed again, or is ok to be high and go to these meetings? I don't mean to sound stupid, but I just don't know what to tell my mom. Thank You

01-27-2009, 07:31 PM
I was addicted to opiates for a few years, unless he wants to quit himself, it will not happen, he will not want it until he hits bottom, your mother is not doing him any favors by enabling him, he needs to be cut off from money and shelter from his family while he is an addict, otherwise it is like you are buying him the drugs also. I know that sounds cruel but unless he wants it for himself he will have to hit bottom. Depending on how much he takes a day you might want to look into getting him into a methadone program. If he has already gone back to opiates after finishing a 28 day rehab I wouldn't waste the money again, those only work if the patient wants to quit, if they are forced into it, it will not work.