On NO!

Another family crisis.  My nephew has overdosed on some type of recreational drug and is in the ICU.  He is expected to recover but he's sedated right now while they wait for the drug to get out of his system.  It wasn't a suicide attempt just stupidity.

He's only just turned 18 and still lives with his parents.  He didn't graduate from high school due to the fact that he most likely has ADD.  His dad would never let him be tested even though he's shown signs of having some kind of problem since he was 3 years old. 

There isn't much we can do for him because his parents refuse all help even though my older sister is a social worker and I have a degree in psychology with training in substance abuse and family therapy.  Our advise is not wanted.  My younger sister has been brainwashed by her church to believe that the man is the head of the family and she will not go against her husband's wishes even it's for her own child.  Sad.

This is the same sister that had the marital difficulties last fall and was separated.  Unfortunately they got back together.  Their oldest son still lives with them and he has an awesome job.  Their youngest, the one in the hospital, was living on his own but his dad insisted he move back home.  This kid was probably better off out of that dysfunctional family situation.  At least when he was living on his own he didn't have all that extra money to waste on drugs and booze.  He's been fired from one job for stealing, fired from another job for not turning up for shifts and now works at Tim Hortons.  It's only a matter of time before he's fired from there too.

It's heartbreaking to have to watch this wonderful boy self destruct.

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