I have a 24 year old daughter who recently moved back home with us.. she has been homeless (by choice, hopping trains, camping with other homeless people, etc) for over 5 years now and a severe alcoholic for 2 years. She stayed with us 5 months ago and we found out later that when she would go out for walks she was buying/drinking booze. A week ago she called from a motel in TN, hysterical, drunk beyond belief, begging us to come get her before she drank herself to death. We took time & resources we can scarcely afford & went and got her. After a brief hospital stay for detoxing she is now living here. Due to her having no insurance and having been homeless we can't get her into a treatment center for a while, maybe as long as a month. Because the last time she was here she drank when she went out, I've told her she can't leave the house without someone being with her. Here is my question: Should I just let her wander around on her own, even though I know she will drink again if she does, or am I right to insist she not be alone when she goes out? Please help, I don't know where to turn for advice....Answer Question
I know some won't agree with my opinion here but I'm going to throw it out there anyways. I think that you have the RIGHT to protect your child even if it means from themselves. I would follow her around everywhere until she got into treatment.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 5:06 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
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Answer by kitchenwitch78 at 7:00 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
I agree with kitchenwitch78, there is only so much you can do to stop her she really has to want to stop on her own. I would start looking for a free program even if it isn't exactly where you are, if you can get her in it might help her. The only thing is you can guide her and give her the information but you can't force her to go. If she doesn't want to go then forcing her won't make her better. I understand how hard this must be because she is you child and it is so hard to watch them go through something like this. I think if you tell her she can't leave the house she is just going to find a way to drink. I agree that AA would be a great way to start and getting a sponsor so she has someone to talk to when she feels the need to drink.
Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 7:28 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
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