Drug Addiction- Prescription?

Question by TommyBBaLL: Drug Addiction- prescription?
My brother is addicted to oxy contin and has been for the passed 7 years. He has messed up repeatedly, and always comes up with a new bullshit story to explain to my mother and stepfather. They have known about his addiction for 4-5 years now but they continue to enable his problem. They pay for his rent and bills in order for him to sell oxycontin so he can take it himself. I try to explain to them that they feed his addiction but they neglect to here what I am telling them. Recently they placed him in a rehab facility where he spent all of 3 days. After rehab they bought him a plane ticket to florida to live with my grandparents in a elderly care facility. They schedule him a plane ticket to come back today, but he missed the plane ticket because he left the facility where my grandparents stay to work for someone which translates to me as hes doing it for his need of drugs. What can my parents do to actually help him out with his problem? I understand its my mothers son and she would do anything for him, but doesn’t it come to a time where enough is enough and you realize its time to let him go through trials and tribulations on his own.

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Answer by oruboris
I’m sorry my friend, but I don’t think there’s anything you can do. Your parents are grownups, and will do as they please. While you and I can see that their behavior is clearly pathologicial, they are incapable of seeing that for themselves.

They may be motivated by guilt, or it’s possible that the energy they pour into this black hole makes them feel closer to each other: your brother’s addiction could be sort of a sub-concious hobby for them.

So back away. If asked, make your feelings clear, but don’t try to make the blind see: unless you are God, it isn’t in your job description.

Try to stay sane and healthy yourself, and don’t let this situation prevent you from having as positive relationship as possible with them both.

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