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A Sister's Story of Her Brother's Addiction

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A Sister's Story of Her Brother's Addiction

My name is Taylor and my brother has been using drugs since he was 16. My brother is now 26 years old and still using. I can't tell you home many tears I've cried over my brothers addiction. My brother is no longer my brother, he is just an addict. My brother has stolen from me, my mother, and our father to support his drug habit. Our dad lost his business because my brother stole from one of his clients. Our dad hasn't been able to find a job since and is fighting to keep afloat. My brother went to jail for 10 months and got clean and I will never forget the night he called me from jail and begged me for the money to bail him out and how I cried to him that he needed help. 3 months after being in jail, he called me and for the first time in years he sounded like my brother and not an addict. My brother relapsed 3 months after getting out of jail and I haven't talked to him since. I love him so much and he's hurt me so much, I just can't take the pain any longer. I've tried so hard to help him get clean, but he won't accept my help. Addiction is a disease that affects everyone involved and I'm sad to say that I'm just a sister just trying to save her brother.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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1. Nicole
I almost cried reading this. I'm going through the exact same thing with my brother. He's been to jail and relapsed each time. I cry so much because I worry about getting a phone call with more bad news. Heroin is the devil... It creates a stranger in someone we used to know. Just stay strong and be there for him as much as you can. Forgive him for his mistakes and help him battle the long road ahead. It's not easy, and I still have days where I can't accept what's going on, but you can only do so much. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers... We have to fight through this horrible drug!
2. Lynne
Taylor, Like you, my brother is an addict. It's been a lifetime (i.e., 30 years) of struggle but hopes always shines through. He is sober now but I always have this ache in my heart when he leaves rehab. Hope springs eternal. I live by that mantra when it comes to my brother. He's always striving to become a happier and sober person. I thank God for his hope and my hope in him. Hang in there Taylor...and try not to be so responsible for his actions. You are not! Live your life and just know you are doing all you can do! He has to make the hard choices.