Hi...I'm new to this site. I am looking for any advice! My older brother has been a heroin addict for almost 10 years; it started due to a back injury, but has progressed into a completely wasted life. He has emptied my mother's bank account on more than one occasion, stolen jewelry from both of us, burned many bridges...I know my story isn't original, but it is still devastating. How do families get through this? I finally left my mother's house and refused to move back home until she kicked him out...I don't feel safe knowing there are drug dealers after him, and knowing he can steal more from me. So she kicked him out-now I feel like a horrible sister, demanding that he be gone. But he has made the same promise over and over again...and NOTHING has ever changed. Time and time again he has used, and makes the same promises...and my mother continually takes him back. She's heard it from countless sources that putting him out in the street is the best thing to do...but I can't stand to think of him out there. Its an awful feeling. What has been successful for other families? We can't afford to send him to rehab. I'm sure this post looks very rambling, but I'm really at a loss. And I give everyone on this site credit for either getting over their addicition or for being supportive...I feel like a bad Christian hating my brother.
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