Do You Have A Sibling That Struggles With Addiction?
Have you lost contact with your older brother or younger sister because of addiction?
Do you have a sibling that’s in rehab and you’re embarrassed to talk about it?
Do you ever find your self wondering why your sister or brother can’t just stop drinking or taking drugs?
Does it hurt you to see your sibling consistently choose drugs over your family? Over your relationship?
Have you lost a sibling to a tragic overdose?
Do you feel hopeless? Do you wonder if you can even help? Are you afraid that they’ll never change?
Sadly, addiction doesn’t discriminate when it comes to relationships. Often times siblings of addicts and alcoholics suffer in silence as they watch their loved one(s) end up in jail, lie, steal and manipulate to feed their habits. I know because I’ve been there and I am still here trying to understand why my siblings choose drugs and alcohol over and over again.
It’s heartbreaking but I want you to know that you are not alone. Below are my top free resources that you can lean on for support when you need it the most.
Siblings of Addicts Face Unique Challenges
Listen here to learn how Arden O’Connor, Harvard graduate and founder of the non-profit Rediscovery Inc., came to terms with her brother Chris’s addiction.
Are You Becoming A Codependent?
Addiction unfortunately, doesn’t show up in our lives with a handbook. Sometimes when we think we’re helping a sibling we’re actually not only hurting them but hurting ourselves as well. Many of us, even though are intentions to help come from a good place, become Codependent as a result. Read this fantastic article by Holli Kenley to gain some helpful insights about recognizing and managing codependency.
What To Do When You Realize You Can’t Save Your Sibling
I’ll never forget the day that I found out my brother was living in a crack house. It was one of those painful moments when I realized that there was nothing I could do to help him. Read this to find out how I handled the situation.
Do You Feel Guilty Because You Can’t Figure Out How To Forgive Your Sibling?
Maybe your tired of your brother’s lies. Maybe your sister stole from you to buy drugs. Maybe your sibling promised he was clean only to relapse again. Maybe your sister has been gone from years and now she’s back in your life but you’re not sure if you are ready to move forward. It’s okay, forgiveness isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do. Read this powerful essay to find out more.
How To Keep Your Expectations In Check
Read this article to learn more about keeping your expectations in check when it comes to your brother or sister’s sobriety.
What Happens When A Sibling Dies From Addiction?
Miss Wisconsin, Raeanna Johnson, lost her brother to addiction several years ago. Listen now to learn how she’s learned to accept her brother’s death. And how she’s using the experience to raise awareness.