Without a doubt, siblings are impacted by their brother’s or sister’s addiction. Dean Dauphinais, a father with a son in long-term recovery, has created a special scholarship to help siblings. Fantastic idea. Check out this great opportunity and please spread the word. http://mylifeas3d.blogspot.com/2015/04/my-life-as-3d-scholarship-essay-contest.html
I remember the day we dropped my son off at college. It had been a tumultuous couple of years with an addiction that we were just beginning to understand. He thought he was ready. We were hopeful that a new crowd, a tennis coach that truly believed in his talents, and a clean slate might just be the best-ever opportunity.
As we said our goodbye’s, my son said, “Mom, I promise I won’t F- this up.”
His little brother, 10 years old, at the time, was no stranger to the promises and excuses of an addicted sibling.
Six days later, big brother passed out from drugging and drinking. Someone found him in a snow bank in sub-zero temperatures. He was taken by ambulance to the ER and later sent to detox. The downward spiral spiraled faster than ever.
Fast forward four years, big brother is sober and in recovery (nine months!), and little brother is a freshman in high school. College is in the near future for him.
Addiction costs so much, tangibly and intangibly, financially and emotionally. For every member of the family.
I do not know Dean Dauphinais directly but am familiar with his blog and social-media presence. My impression is he’s a good dad who is an excellent advocate for our young addicts and their families. He seems to have the respect of parents and professionals, and I am only too happy to help spread the word about the college scholarship he’s put together.
See what you think.