My brother is free and happy again!

CaliCali Posts: 475Registered Users
About 6 months ago, my brothers drinking problems got worse and had an angry episode at my parents place. He was borrowing all kinds of money from them, never telling them why, and would be emotional and drunk every time he would visit.

There was a point where he realized he needed help. He went to our family doctor, they pointed him out to a hospital and we all found out he had bipolar disorder, and his chemical unbalance was only getting worse because he wasn't taking the right medications.

He refused to. He went in hiding for weeks, and he had basically destroyed every brain cell he had by drinking nonstop. We had him taken to the hospital for a few days, and then checked him in to a rehabilitation center about half an hour away.

We visited him every 2 weeks, and he was only getting better. He quit smoking, quit drinking, and quit his old lifestyle. He has been clean for 6 months and counting, he got an apartment and I got him a temporary job as a volunteer at the school I work at. He has been talking to grade 8 students about drugs and alcohol, and how to avoid it.

We are all very happy for him.
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  • MimsTXMimsTX Curl Neophyte Posts: 3,482Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thats such a happy end to a story that too often ends badly.

    I'm glad your brother was able to pull out of that cycle, and proud of him as well even though I don't know him :)

    I hope he keeps up the good work, and realizes how lucky he is to have a supportive family like yours seems to be :)
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  • AngularScienceAngularScience Curl Neophyte Posts: 844Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Congrats! It's really, really hard to pull oneself out from a cycle of addiction; he must have put in a lot of hard work for that.
  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Curl Novice Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Novice
    What an accomplishment! He's really lucky to have a family that stuck with him.
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  • justa.grrljusta.grrl Posts: 85Registered Users
    Amazing job. I think talking about it with other people can only help him and inspire others. Congratulations to him!! :thumbup:
  • EilonwyEilonwy Curl Connoisseur Posts: 12,391Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    That's really great!
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Curl Neophyte Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I hope he is happier. He really cleaned it up and I bet took some effort.
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  • realisticrealistic Curl Novice Posts: 2,222Registered Users Curl Novice
    This is so great. I'm really happy for you guys!
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    and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
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  • CaliCali Posts: 475Registered Users
    Thank you so much for your kind words. Actually, according to my watch, one of his job interviews is over in less than 10 minutes.

    I'm crossing my fingers and hoping he gets the job. I think he applied for a paying job at a youth detention center, so he can keep up rent. He plans on going back to school and studying business.
    "Women are made to be loved, not understood."
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Congrats to him!
    I wish my GP wasn't so much of a ****up... :sad8:

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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Curl Connoisseur Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    That's wonderful. :) Be very proud of him, it's tough to break free. I have a favorite cousin that's been clean for about 8 years, I'm very proud of him and the life he is building. :) All the best to your brother and his future.
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  • FeedYourHeadFeedYourHead Curl Connoisseur Posts: 248Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Congratulations and continued best wishes to your brother! As a recovering alcoholic with bipolar disorder, I know how hard it is to live with both a mental illness AND an addiction.
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