As I have come across this forum I find myself thinking about my life growing up. As a teenager I was subject to abuse. The abuse usually came in the form of an alcoholic rage. My father and step-mother are alcoholics. At the age of 17 I was placed into a group home at my choice. In 2009 my sister was caught using drugs. My sister at the time had a little boy who was seven years old and a newborn little girl. My mom and I thought she may have been on drugs but couldn't prove it. One night my sister had asked my mom and step-father to come over to fix the holes her abusive boyfriend had put in the walls. Upon there arrival they could hear my nephew inside and after about 20 minutes they finally got him to open the door. What they found inside was the lowest my sister had gotten. She was fully dressed in snow gear as though she was just about to walk out the door, yet she was completely passed out on her couch. My nephew said she had been "asleep" for hours and he had not eaten. My mom then walked upstairs to find her boyfriend passed out as well. When they went to find my niece they discovered that she had not been changed all day completely covered in her own feces. My nephew had been bringing her bottles the best to his little ability. My parents had called an ambulance but she refused treatment. The next day she started to hallucinate that my niece was coughing up blood and rushed her to the er. Fortunately the er nurse recognized that my sister was under the influence of something and called CPS. My niece and nephew were taken and placed with my mom. My sister made several court appearances and failed many drug test that she must pass to visit with her children. During this time the courts had given my sister a chance to go to a methadone clinic. My sister failed to full fill this court order and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. When my sister got out of jail she told me that she had went 10 days without pills and she felt she could move on and overcome her addiction. A few days later my mom calls (at this time I am currently in California with my then husband who was in the military) and said she thinks my sister is using again. When I asked my sister about it I got the response "oh Fn Well" at this point I called every judge, prosecutor, cps worker I knew was involved and informed them. I did this not to hurt my sister but to help her. I begged them to get her into rehab. On June 4, 2010 my sister finally entered rehab. Here it is four years later and she is still clean and sober. She has since regained custody of her children and is no longer involved with the boyfriend who got her addicted. My sister told me how she used to lie, and steal just to get money or use her body to get money and drugs. A few months ago I was diagnosed with pelvic pain and required a hysterectomy. In the time before my surgery my Dr. had given me trememdol. After my surgery I stopped taking them cold turkey. ( I had asked my Dr for something non narcotic as I knew my family history) What my Dr either failed to realize or know is that you can't just quite Tremedal. After two days of not taking it I started to become extremely ill. Not knowing what was going on and having a little pain I took one and within a few hours felt better. I then realized that I myself had become addicted to them. I tried to get through the withdrawals but found myself getting a refill. After that refill I tried again to quite when the bottle was empty. This time the withdrawals were worse. Turning to my sister for help she told me more about her addiction and how to try and overcome it. At my post op I told my Dr what was going on. I felt that on the third round I could try to wean myself off of them but I needed something to help me sleep at night. My Dr acted like he didn't want to deal with me and my problems however gave me ambien. On the third round I was able to slowly lower my dose and wean myself off. I never felt like I was an addict but have come to the realization that drug addiction doesn't make prejudice to whom it effects. Hopefully someone reading this who is suffering from addiction can know that you can over come it.