In September 2009, my Auntie Janet overdosed on someone else's prescription medication. She didn't leave a note, so we're not sure if it was on purpose or not, but it seems just like a tragic accident. The problem is that my cousin, since her mother's death, has been doing drugs. My Aunt's death caused me to never want to be in the same room as stuff like that, but it's had the opposite effect on my cousin. And my cousin, Lexi, had always been close to me because we had the same birthday, she's just four years older. I know that she won't listen to me now because she's twenty-one and she can make her own decisions, but I'm worried about her. She lives in another state with my uncle and I'm not sure if she's still doing it, but knowing how she's been the past four years, she's probably doing something. My mother has tried to talk some sense into her, but she won't listen. I'm not sure what to do, I just want her to be okay and I don't want her to end up like my Auntie.
I'm so sorry for you and your cousin and your aunt. There is nothing worse than the fear that someone close to you will hurt or kill themselves. Maybe you should try to talk to your cousin without makiing her feel like she has to be defensive and keep things from you. People tend to get frightened and withdraw when they sense that someone is afraid that they will do something crazy. Just be there for her if you can. If communication isn't possible or if she just won't listen, you'll just have to let go and hope for the best. I know it's a nightmare.
Thanks. That really helps. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on this and trying to help me. I'll probably talk to her about it and see what happens. Thanks again :)