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Today, I am an alcoholic. My ex-wife is an alcoholic. Our oldest son is a high school dropout, sitting in jail for selling prescription medication in school. And our youngest son is a college graduate, an entrepreneur, and the co-founder and CEO of a successful non-profit in New York City that helps hundreds of drug addicts overcome their addictions every year. The way my son rose above the odds MMT.

#16844 (7) - Oct 28, 2012 by JoeyJ - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (899) - No, that made me sleepy. (17)


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The big question to think about is why your youngest son hasn't helped his own family! Family comes first but clearly to him it doesn't!

@#1, even the best person in the world can't help an addict who's chosen not to be helped. You're assuming he's never tried, and that's not at all a safe assumption. Yes, he should definitely help his own family--IF his family will allow it. My bet says they've chosen their own paths, with the possible exception of the OP, who sounds like he knows his life path isn't the best. But even he may still not have the willpower to get help yet.

Your time isn't up if you don't want it to be, OP. There's always still time for you to turn things around and don't let anyone try to make you do it at anything but your own pace. The same goes for your other son. I wish your family the best with the years to come, and good luck to all of you in whatever you decide to do.

Your time isn't up if you don't want it to be, OP. There's always still time for you to turn things around and don't let anyone try to make you do it at anything but your own pace. The same goes for your other son. I wish your family the best with the years to come, and good luck to all of you in whatever you decide to do.

You know what, tarbarme? No. Absolutely, no. I hate it when people imagine this fantastical universe where everyone loves and supports each other in their family and it's full of second chances and strong unbreakable bonds and completely refuse to see things through the perspective of others. My family is full of some of the worst pieces of crap I've ever had the displeasure to come across, they wouldn't look back at leaving you to rot alone and would laugh at your failures. They're selfish, mean, vindictive, horrible excuses for people who live on the misery of others. If I was in a position of great wealth I wouldn't even consider for a single second to give them an ounce of help, they suck up any kind of success anyone else in the family has and leaves them high and dry in their own time of need. They'll do everything they can to take as much as they can from you all while planning ways to make your life a living hell. They're abusive and nasty and I resent the notion that just because we're family and they're my 'elders' I owe them any piece of my life. We're family by blood, not by love. Just because your family might be closer and stronger doesn't mean everyone does or should have the same kind of relationships as you think. The only way I've managed to survive with any piece of my sanity is by staying as far away from these people as I can. Don't presume what is right and wrong of family relationships, it's none of your business and you have no right to make it such.

I always find it odd that the first comment on posts tends to be people spitting narrow and judgmental criticisms. Emmers your words ring true

Hey! Joeyj, just think for a second how proud your son would be if you are there to support him in his venture! It'd be really great and will encourage him to help others even more!! You can do it man! Hey Emmers, you got a good point of view. But correct me if i'm wrong, wouldn't it be nicer if you can forgive those who have hurt you and give them a second chance to change? Otherwise what is the difference between you and them? No offense!

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