I searched to see if this was posted previously, but I didn't quite find what I was looking for - so here I go:

My youngest brother is a drug addict.  Coping not only with his behavior, but some of the other people he has brought around my family, and the ways in which my parents have tried to help him has been trying.  He's been in and out of at least 13 different rehab facilities in the last year, and he is in the ER for an overdose again tonight.  I'm hitting a bit of a breaking point in the way that I interact with my family regarding this issue, and I'm not quite sure where to go for help/support.  I know many support groups are faith-based, and I am dubious of how helpful these venues will be for me.  I know there are more neutral groups out there, but I can't remember their names or how to find them.  Is anyone else familiar with this topic? 

Thank you all in advance for your help.

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I am a firm believer that people are not "addicts,"

It sounds like you are talking about psychological addiction... I can assure you that chemical addiction is as commonplace as sliced bread. Until you have felt the physical withdrawal from a substance which gradually modifies your brain chemistry, it's really quite difficult to understand a chemical addiction.

Feel free to continue the debate, and thank you all for your advice.  Just to clarify - I really am just looking for support for myself, as a family member affected by the drug use of a loved one.  I'm not in a place to help my brother at this point.  Hoping to get there, but not there yet.

I'm sorry I could not offer any recommendations on a secular support group. I come from a very large family with many relatives I'm close to. We are our own support group for any situation. I'm not sure I could have survived without the strength of my grandparents, mother, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

I again do offer my own support and I am not stingy with the support of my family. I am on the east coast and have a bit of time to share for phone calls and I still like our now old fashion mail system. I am however from the west coast and almost my entire family still lives there. My sisters are the pillars of my support system and like myself are always open to making new friends.


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