We care, for the better.
A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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Posted by Lindsey on 30 April 2016.
In 2011, my brother died at aged 55 from alcoholism. My parents were devastated and within 2 years they had also both died, one with bowel cancer and the other with prostate cancer. I have 2 sisters, and these 3 huge family events hit us all very hard. We only realised my brother was an alcoholic when we saw him in 2010 and he looked so ill it was frightening. My you ger sister and I did everything we could to get him to the doctors and to see a counsellor. Eventually, he accepted that he needed to do something, but sadly it was all too late, he was booked in for detox in April 2011, but died in March. My elder sister who luves 150 miles from me, then had another major trauma, which was her stepdaughter dying of bone cancer at only 33, leaving a husband and 5 year old son. Over the last 5 years, we have noticed my sisters alcohol consumption increasing steadily. She always drinks cans of Stella lager, and it was about 5 or 6 a day. Yesterday, i saw her at a family wedding and her face has ballooned just like my brothers, and she is depressed, as my brother was. She is on anti-depressants, and wont admit she has a problem. Her adult children are concerned about her as she has now started drinking her first can at lunch time. She knows it destroyed our brother, but does not seem to want to help herself. What do we do, finding it really hard to be back here again, worrying about her.
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