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Unhappy Worried About my Sister... :( - August 8th 2009, 06:54 AM

My sister used to get herself into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. She got better for a while, but I am afraid that she is falling back into her drug use.

I will be a sophomore in high school this fall and she will be starting her first year of college. My parents don't mind if she drinks as long as she is responsible about it, because they know she'll do it in college. They do not however approve of drug usage (abuse of prescription drugs, cigs, weed...). She does take some prescription medication from her therapist (anti-depressants, etc.).

Because I have been worrying more about her lately, I decided to read her diary. I wasn't planning on it, but i was looking at a pile of books in her room and it happened to be there. I didn't even know she kept one. Inside she wrote about how she will miss my sister, my family, her best friend, and I when she leaves in 10 days (she will be going to college in Hawaii, we live in MN). She also just recently wrote about getting messed up with a few friends. I won't go into detail, but it made me very upset.

I am afraid approach her about it because 1) I read it in her diary 2) She would probably deny it, or 3) She would get mad at me. I don't want her being upset with me right before she leaves.

Also, just tonight one of her close friends called me asking where she was and who she was with. I told her she was out with her other good friend. Then I asked why she sounded so rushed. She said that she was worried something bad was going to happen, or already happened, and she needed to somehow contact her or someone she was with. Needless to say that has left me feeling pretty worried.

What should I do about this? I don't want her to hurt herself. How would I approach a situation like this? If I told my parents they would get mad at me for reading her diary and end up telling my sister. They also probably wouldn't know what to do about it either; I don't want our family to be fighting when she leaves.


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Re: Worried About my Sister... :( - August 8th 2009, 09:26 AM

Could you maybe talk to one of her friends and they could talk to her?
Why would your parents get mad if you told them about it, I'm sure they just want whats both for both of you and it would help you stick together as a family.


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