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shybhan37 01-16-2013 12:20 AM

So frustrated!
My Step-daughter came to live with us in December after finding out she is pregnant. She also disclosed to us that she had been doing a lot of meth before she got pregnant. She said she hadn't done any for a month before she conceived. She struggled with horrible mood swings. She is constantly ragging on her 11 year old brother about every little thing. I don't know if anyone in this house can take much more of the behaviors. She is in a recovery group and attends the group faithfully. I'm trying to stay positive, because she is trying for herself and the baby. I just don't know if I can tolerate her laziness and the mood swings much longer. Honestly, she just does what she wants. I don't know if there will be a good answer, I just needed to vent.

NancyB 01-16-2013 11:52 AM

Hi shybhan37, welcome. In addition to her recovery group, is she getting one-on-one counseling? If not, that might be something to think about having her look into. A good therapist should be able to help her learn ways to productively deal with her emotions instead of taking it out on others.

Is she working or going to school? Because she is under your roof, think about setting boundaries. Such as if she has nothing nice to say to her brother to leave him alone; assign her household chores she has to do, etc. May I ask how old she is?

Have you thought about going to Alanon? Although she currently isn't in active addiction, you need support and you may be able to get that and advice from others who have or currently are in your situation. Link to Alanon:

Please let us know how you are doing. Feel free to vent, it can be very helpful.


shybhan37 01-16-2013 06:43 PM

Thank you! She is 19. She is going to one on one counseling too, coping skills would be important for her to learn. She has a lot of bitterness towards her dad right now. Of course she feels unloved by him and won't talk to him, so it's his fault. He loves her, but doesn't want to get burned by her...again. She has a nasty habit of doing exactly opposite of what he says. She just finished her GED and is looking for a job. It's just been her terrible attitude. You are right, we need to go to a group for support. It seems as if everything is about her...always

NancyB 01-18-2013 12:58 PM

Hi shybhan37, it's good to hear that she's going to counseling too. Do you think that it would be possible for you to go to one of her sessions and talk about setting up boundaries with her and her counselor? If that's something you'd even want to approach her about.

Or maybe even family counseling, especially since there's that bitterness towards her father.

But really think about starting to make a list of things she must do because she is living in your home. She's so young, I hope that she really embraces the help she's getting right now and starts to appreciate that you're allowing her to live under your roof.

Please let me know how things are going when you can.


manohealing 01-18-2013 10:36 PM

Is there a counterpart to Suboxone for meth addicts? I think there should be. I'm sorry to hear this. Addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as much.

NancyB 01-19-2013 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by manohealing (Post 425721)
Is there a counterpart to Suboxone for meth addicts? I think there should be. I'm sorry to hear this. Addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as much.

Hi manohealing, as of now, there isn't any FDA approved medication-assisted treatment for people addicted to methamphetamine.

Although, there are/have been clinical trials testing naltrexone, bupropion (wellbutrin - an antidepressant), acamprosate (Campral which is FDA approved for alcohol dependence), Modafinil (which is FDA approved for narcolepsy) just to name a few. But there's nothing approved for it yet.


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