Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Drugs and Schizoaffective


#1

My son is schizoaffective will be 33 soon. I know he is using drugs.Has anyone had success stopping their son or daughter from using. I don’t know if he is self-medicating. He had this problem before and stopped for 4 years so this is a relapse. He will not go to rehab, will not go to meetings. I gave him some cash, then stopped and gave him a gift card every three days, then stopped and gave him cash again. Now I am seriously considering going back to a gift card.

He tells me to let him live his life. I can’t do this. I have been dealing with this problem for a
year and a half. I am just so tired of dealing with the illness and the addiction.
Any advice would be appreciated.


#2

@roseo Is he on meds for his schizoaffective behavior?


#3

Yes he used heroin and meth. Sept 12 he will be 3 years clean. I really believe Clozapine was finally the answer for him. It decreased the voices 90 percent. It was a hard road but thank goodness he made it he is now working and making friends


#4

Yes he is on fluphenazine (Prolexin) - an injection every two weeks but he will not stop the drug use. He is stable now too. He was a second a way from entering a drug rehab but said no just as he was about to enter the door.

How frustrating!!!


#5

If anyone has had a successful intervention for a SzA family member, please share your thoughts and experience.


#6

Yes mine was using heroin and meth and whatever else he could get his hands on. He was in and out of rehabs at least 7 times. Finally got him on Clozapine and clean for 3 months but then he started using again. Everyone including myself was finally done with him. He went to another rehab for 6 months then sober living for 6 months. I am proud to say he has now been clean 3 years 3 months. He works full time and is stable. Such a tough disease. Good luck to uou