Drug Addiction: Family Member

Hi Alyssa,
I am a high school student who has a family member that is addicted to prescription drugs. This has been going on for a while, and I’m trying my best to help my family member. Nothing is really working, especially that I am trying to balance my school. We are also not a high income family, so I don’t think hiring a professional would help. What should I do?
Signed,
Worried Forever

Hi Worried Forever,
Don’t be afraid to let others know about this situation. If you have other relatives, perhaps they can help you financially with this problem. There are also support groups where you can attend, and they can be totally anonymous. You can also talk to your high school counsellor who can refer you to people around your area who can possibly help you with your situation. In the meantime, take care of yourself and keep an eye on the other family members so they are not emotionally affected. Check out this article too:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/almost-addicted/201312/five-must-do-things-if-family-member-is-abusing-drugs

Take Care,
Alyssa

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