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Posted by akd1961 on 31 July 2017.

My daughter has been using cocaine now for over 2 years to the fact that she is addicted and as a result also gambles.  She was due to get married this year (not sure if this is happening) her partnet is very week.  I feel like I have lost her she used to be so kind and caring and we were very close as a family, she has stolen from her dad and brother, gambling debts are in the thousands, she lies and then has a go at us as we challenge her.  We all got together last night and she has finally admitted she has a problem and thinks by not having her phone she can stop this, I am doubtful she can.  How can I help she has moved back in with me for a while.  Are there any herbal alternatives to help with the coming off of it?


4 Aug 2017

Hello akd1961 I'm so very very sorry you and your family are going through this. The first step to recovery for your daughter is admitting she has  problem. My family have and are still going through a similar situation to yours (in our case it's our son) 
If you have a good GP then I would certainly ask your daughter to seek their help, advice and support. If your daughter would agree to you or her partner going with her then all the more supportive for her. I don't know what we would have done without ours. The GP will be able to prescribe medication that will help your daughter manage her anxieties as well as alternatives for her addiction. 
Please don't think you are alone, our family has been torn apart by alcohol, cocaine and gambling with our son accumulating debts of thousands of pounds. He is starting to rebuild his life (even though it's only two weeks in) but with the help and support from AA we are beginning to see our lovely son coming back to us. I truly hope, this will also happen for you. God bless to you and your family, stay strong.

Icarus Trust
14 Aug 2017

Thank you for sharing your story. It is true that you are not alone in this, which is why the charity The Icarus Trust has been set up  providing support for people, like yourself, dealing with a family member's addiction . If you think it would be helpful to speak with someone who would understand what you are dealing with, and could let you know what other help is available,  please contact us.
You can contact us on or visit the website
Good luck.

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