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    My son is a quad (hurt two yrs ago) and we have now found out he's doing drugs. My husband and I have made an appointment with a councelor about what to do and what not to do to help him. We are soooo scared. Any suggestions?

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    doing what?

    i think it depends on what drugs and how much and why and its effects
    Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened

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    • #3
      You are doing the right thing. It is normal to be scared. There is help for you. Many a person who has become addicted to drugs have been helped. You may want to investigate Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous as well. From the limited info you have provided it is unclear as to whether he is even addicted. There are literally many thousands of drug abusers who have sought and found the help they needed. Good luck to you and your son.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Harriet
        My son is a quad (hurt two yrs ago) and we have now found out he's doing drugs. My husband and I have made an appointment with a councelor about what to do and what not to do to help him. We are soooo scared. Any suggestions?
        How do you know? Is he of age? Believe me it shall color your approach. Private mail me if you want.

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        • #5
          How is affecting him? Are these prescription drugs or street drugs?
          Daniel

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          • #6
            what level? where does he live? who helps in his care? does he drive to obtain these drugs?





            Life isn't like a bowl of cherries or peaches. It's more like a jar of jalapenos--What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.

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            • #7
              As mckeownp alluded to, it's about a thousand times more difficult if he's over 21, thanks to the federal privacy laws.
              The temptation must be worse for an SCI than an AB.
              - Richard

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              • #8
                I'll ask the same questions that others have asked....How old is he? What level injury is he? Where is he living? what kind of drugs is he doing? If he is smoking pot, there is a good chance that he's using it for pain relief. Marijuana has a LOT of theraputic benefits, especially for us w/SCIs.

                One thing about making the appt w/the councelor....If he's not willing/ready to quit taking whatever drugs he is taking, it's going to be a very difficult battle. Have you talked with him about his drug use? Not TO him(where he would feel lectured) but WITH him(where he would feel more comfortable and in a two way conversation)? This might be a good way to start....
                'Chelle
                L-1 inc 11/24/03

                "My Give-a-Damn's Busted"......

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                • #9
                  SCI-Nurses here, are a priceless resource. I wish you and yours well.

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                  • #10
                    Like said, depends what kinds of drugs he uses. Weed is also registrated as ''adictive drug'' which is bullcrap. Find out ''why'', take helping position and dont rush to ''get him off''. Theres no help that way. Thats just my opinion.

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                    • #11
                      I feel for you, addiction is a terrible thing to have to go through - for the person involved and those around the person. Just remember to always take care of yourselves.
                      Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                      T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                      • #12
                        Money

                        Check his financial situation as well. If he is always broke and asking people for money, that is a sign of a drug problem. Atleast that was what my brother was doing.

                        I feel for you on this one. Just keep him busy with other things as much as possible and his mind will sway away from drugs.
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                        • #13
                          Yep, if he's asking for money (especially in increments of $10-$20), he's probably using drugs if you can see nothing else he's spending it on. My brother was on street drugs prior injury. As soon as he was mentally able to comprehend and communicate with people, he sought out his avenues for the stuff. You'd be surprised at how many people assist him in his quests. I, as his power of attorney, had to curb my dispersal of funds to him in order to get a grip on it for him. He was doing some hard stuff (crack). He used to be a crack addict. Has been off of it two years post injury now. Hate to see him go back to that way of life now.

                          I did give him the benefit of the doubt and was in denial about it for a while until he told one of his paid sitters where and when he was getting the stuff. I fought with him about a year over it and just the other day, I decided, like cigarrette smoking, just to let him be his own man. I know he's smoking marijuana, but I don't care. Heck, like some of you guys say, it does help calm some of the pain both mentally and physically for him, I guess. I WILL continue to fight with him over the harder stuff, though. I don't see a need for that. It just makes him incoherent and sloppy, drooling, etc. And I know he probably would like to "get away from it all" via these drugs, but illegal stuff could put him in the jail house again, and that's where he got this injury from, in a jail cell.

                          Just some input from a wary sister who loves her brother - sometimes more than herself.
                          Vickie

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Harriet
                            My son is a quad (hurt two yrs ago) and we have now found out he's doing drugs. My husband and I have made an appointment with a councelor about what to do and what not to do to help him. We are soooo scared. Any suggestions?
                            The best help I ever got for drug addiction was free, not from a councelor. Addiction is there but find a positive addiction like excersise etc.

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