Dear Street Sage,
My one and only brother has been using heroin. We live very different lives and so it is hard to relate. He had been using, got himself clean, then started using again. It wasn’t until he relapsed that he told me of his situation. Sadly there are only a few people who know about this and can give him support. Being that I don’t know much about this kind of thing, how can I support him? We don’t live in the same state, we don’t have a lot in common and I’ve never done any drugs….What can I do?
If your brother is talking to you at all about his situation, consider that a good thing. The problem with drugs is…they’re awesome. They make you feel good and that’s what people get addicted to, feeling good. You can not push him into getting any kind of professional help. He has to want that on his own. But what you can do is gather information on rehab centers near him, Narcotics Anonymous meetings in his area and connect with those who also know of his addiction. When supporting an addict, you need support yourself. You said only a few people knew of his situation so make sure that you don’t betray his trust because he will stop talking to you about what’s happening with him. If he does that you should worry. Since this is still the early stage of you figuring out what to do, the best thing I can tell you to do is educate yourself on what can help him in his area.
That’s just my opinion. Good luck, write me again if you need me.
– The Street Sage