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Advice please- how to help my parents

Posted by DKWTD on 1 July 2014.

Hi all, my brother is an addict (though doesn't think he is) he is in his 40's and has moved back home with my parents. They know he has been using crystal meth but I don't think they can see how devastating the effect is on him and the knock on effect to their lives. He can be violent and recently attacked my Dad. My mum appears to be very depressed about the whole situation but will not accept or get any help for herself ( I have suggested looking at sites like this one for support or going to her GP,) they will not kick him out. My young daughter used to go and stay with my parents but due to my brothers erratic behaviour, violence and him telling my Dad he is jealous of my daughter (getting attention...she is their only Grandchild!!) I have had to say she can't stay there or be in the house with him. 
I just wondered if any other parents of addicts have advice on how i can help them- i feel they are trapped in a nightmarish situation with a violent, cruel adult son when they should be able to enjoy their lives in peace.


4 Jul 2014

The Icarus Trust was set up for just this sort of situation, they provide help for the people around the person with the addiction. Contact is initially by email and is discreet and confidential. See if you can get you Mum to contact them.

5 Jul 2014

Thanks, Alan. People like you help us help people like them.........DKWTD, I hope you will get in touch with us. We work with AdFam.

24 Jul 2014

Thanks for your replies. My brother is currently off meth so my mum says its all ok, cynically I think he'll be back on it soon enough so i'll keep the Icaras details, thanks

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