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.
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