If you are not a heroin addict, you cannot help a heroin addict. The only person who can help a heroin addict is the heroin addict.
That being said I would like to address a comment recently left on this ‘ol blog from Matthew:
HI, my brother is a junkie too. I know where your coming from. Is there any way to help him without breaking the bank?; That you know of? There are state programs but they only treat for a week and either treat for drugs or mental health. we need to put him in a facility that can treat him for both. Problem being is that he does not have health insurance. My parents are talking about dumping 20k into a place for his recovery. (Wasted money if you ask me!!!) Do you have any ideas or links that i could forward to my parents to stop them from taking out a loan to pay for his bad habits?
First of all I am sorry that your brother is sick. unfortunately I have learned that nothing will help the junkie until he/she wants to help themselves. My brother has been in rehab 4 times, one of them costing close to $20,000/month. None of them have worked. He was sober for a while and then 6 months later the needle was in his arm.
I’m not saying that rehab can’t work. It can. I know many people who have their own success stories. It just won’t work if the person in rehab doesn’t want to get clean.
What seems to have worked for my brother is getting into the system. That sounds crazy right? Over the holidays my brother found himself in jail for 22 days (best christmas present ever) and 2 weeks ago he found himself there again. Since that time he has been given a mandatory sentence of weekly counseling, drug tests, and meetings with a probation officer. Now it’s only been 2 months since all this went down however his 22 days in jail were the first days in his life that he went sober/clean without any maintenance drugs like methadone or suboxen and he seems to still be clean.
I pray he is still clean.
Matthew, I hope you find the help you need. There are a lot of resources out there. I found Beautiful Boy very helpful in the beginning of my brother’s addiction especially when my father became addicted to saving him. Give your parents a copy. Make them read it. Hopefully they will find something in it that convinces them not to take out a loan. Unfortunately for addicts parents, lessons are never learned until after the money is gone.
Good luck my friend. Your brother is in my heart.