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Subject: Advise for a brother of a teen crystal meth user...
Category: Health > Children
Asked by: bubjay-ga
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Posted: 10 May 2005 09:52 PDT
Expires: 09 Jun 2005 09:52 PDT
Question ID: 520018
I found out some disturbing news over the weekend about my 18 Year Old
Sister.  She is a senior in high school and will be graduating in a
couple weeks.

I was visiting my grandparents who live about 2 hours away (The same
town as my Mom and Sister).  I am very close to my family and visit a
couple times a month.  My grandmother got a call from my sister that
upset her.  My sister had sounded very weird and hung up on my
grandmother for no apparent reason.  She then called back 2 more times
and was incoherent and again hung up without saying goodbye.

We decided it was best that my wife and I went to pay her a visit (my
sister and wife are also very close).  When we got there, she was
laying on the couch with a blanket over her head.  We attempted to
talk to her several times, but she was unresponsive (starring off into
the distance).  Finally, after talking for nearly a half hour, she
seemed to snap out of her state and started talking with us, but was
talking rapidly in broken sentences and seemed very confused why all
of this was happening.  We finally got it out of her that the problem
she was having was that she "wanted to do nothing with her life and
she wanted everyone to accept that".  She didn't want to get a job,
she didn't want to go to college (even though all her life she wanted
to be a doctor and had the grades to do that), she didn't want to do
ANYTHING.  She also said she was happy doing nothing and she couldn't
understand why others were sad about her decisions.  She seemed to
show signs of paranoia as she said she thought the police has told
every one of her teachers that she is on Meth.  She also had a few
other family and friend problems, but not important to this question.

Besides the incoherent speech, we were thinking these problems were a
result of her being at that age of "Not a girl, not yet a woman".  She
seemed very relieved to be talking to sympathetic ears and we had
gained her full confidence.  Then, she lowered the bomb...  She has
been taking Crystal Meth.

Then, it all seemed clear what her main problem was and things started
fitting together.  Like about a month ago, my mom had said she was
very sick and slept for 2 straight days.  She had lost a noticeable
amount of weight (not a lot, but enough to notice).  Her skin was
pale.  And, her "Do Nothing" attitude came about.

That was Saturday...  It is now Tuesday and it has been on my mind
every second since she told me this.  My wife seems to think it is
just a phase that teenagers go through, but I refuse to do nothing. 
The problem is...  I have no idea what to do.

So, I have turned to the almighty resource of the internet for some
guidance.  I now know every slang term for the drug...  I know every
symptom that comes with the drug...  I know how to spot drug abuse
with your teen...  I know how to help the children of parents who are
taking it...  I have followed it path from WWII to California and its
eastward spread... I know everything about the drug except how to help
a teenager that is taking it.

I do not know how long she has been taking it (for at least a month,
but I suspect more).
I do not know how much she takes.
I do know which of her friends that take it with her.
I know it has not taken over her life 100% (She did want to do
something for our mom on Mother's Day).
I have not discussed this issue with her yet - I just let her tell me
about it and I have not yet gave advise or any other communication on
the issue.

I am VERY reluctant to share this information with my mother right
now.  She is a terrible communicator and I feel she will push my
sister even further away if she were to confront her.  Also, I think I
have built up trust with her on this issue (She called us last night
in the middle of the night crying and talking incoherently).  I think
that if she knew I told anyone, she would cut off our communication.

She said she was going to come to my house this week to stay a couple
days.  My first plan is to talk to her about it...  I really don't
know what to say as I feel that she doesn't think that it is a

So, now to my questions...

What should I say to her?

Should I involve my mother?

What about the option of forcing her to rehab? The reason I ask this
is she is a couple weeks from graduation.  Is she still considered a
minor?  I know that you cannot force an adult to rehab, so I ask this
because the timing for this is running out quickly.

Should I turn in the name of the person she gets it from, or will that
possibly cause a dangerous situation for her?

Any other information or advise is greatly appreciated!!!!

Subject: Re: Advise for a brother of a teen crystal meth user...
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 24 May 2005 10:19 PDT
Dear bubjay-ga;

Since you are agreeable to my suggestion that intervention is
necessary, I am posting another example of an intervention
organization as an answer in order to officially close your question.
You will learn a lot about intervention by reading these articles:

National Call Center 800.561.8158




(You can talk with someone LIVE on this link)



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Subject: Re: Advise for a brother of a teen crystal meth user...
From: tutuzdad-ga on 10 May 2005 10:09 PDT
You need help from a professional intervention specialist. Here's an
example. There are many others.

Meth is the most horribly debilitating drug in modern society. I know,
I've been putting people in prison for it for two decades. Crack wipes
people's minds and bodies out, true enough, but someone on meth will
actually kill to defend their addiction. That's how powerful it is. Do
yourself and your sister a favor - waste no time with $10 internet
solutions and seek out a profesional to help you......Do it, and do it

Subject: Re: Advise for a brother of a teen crystal meth user...
From: xcarlx-ga on 11 May 2005 11:17 PDT
I have been watching this question, and I didn't want you to have just
one reply (even though tutuzdad gave the right answer already).

Getting professional help is absolutely the best thing to do.  They
can go into detail about options and strategies which we can't help
you with here.  If a person has admitted to using the drug, their
being over 18 may not even be a legal problem, but you should still
get help with this situation as soon as possible.

You can find prefessional help anywhere, such as the first few pages
of many phone books, internet resources like tutuzdad suggested, or
even by calling the local police department (from a pay phone if you
want) and asking them to refer you to a private group.
Subject: Re: Advise for a brother of a teen crystal meth user...
From: bubjay-ga on 13 May 2005 13:34 PDT
Thanks for the two replies...  The first one by tutuzdad, really
helped as I didn't even know there was an intervention service or
anything like that.  After our family has discussed in great detail
and after I have tried talking to her to no avail, we have decided
that intervention is our best choice.  We are working on that right

Subject: Re: Advise for a brother of a teen crystal meth user...
From: birdsz-ga on 24 May 2005 09:42 PDT
Hi BubJay,
I work for the judge hatchett show and we want to do an intervention
with a teen that is addicted to meth and I heard your story and I was
wondering if maybe your sister could help us out. It might change both
of there lives. PLease contact me back ASAP. Help is needed.


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