‘It’s like two different people going through a battle you can’t see’

My brother’s experience overcoming drug issues highlights why it’s so important families and friends don’t give up on their loved ones.

By Clare McKenny, Addaction Senior Pharmacist

As told to Rachel King.

The tipping point was in Barcelona. We were there for a Shakira concert and getting ready when my brother, Paul, found a hole in his new t-shirt. He texted our mum not to throw out the bin in his room, hoping to retrieve the tag when we got home and return it. Her reply was blunt, “There’s no tags in there. It’s just full of straws.”

I tried to be supportive. Evidence of his drug use shouldn’t be used to make him feel bad, not while we were on holiday. But our friend was shocked. “You’re still taking cocaine?” he asked.

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