Most of you who know me know that I moved to Minnesota from California a year ago. Only a couple of you know that I have a younger brother in California who has been in a lot of trouble with drinking and drugs. He has been arrested, been through treatment and still not doing well. Both my parents (who are divorced) have kicked him out and he has been homeless now for almost 6 months. So my mom felt his last hope is to send him here to live with us and he arrives on Wednesday morning!
SO- One, I have been SO homesick and I am so excited to have someone from home here, especially my brother. I love him dearly, deep down he is a great person and I have missed him a lot.
HOWEVER- I am terrified of what I got myself into. He DOES have a drug problem. I know that some of the external forces have made it very hard for him to turn himself around, living in the same small town with the same crappy group of friends hasn't helped.
Getting him to a new environment, and my husband already lined him up a job where he works, will- I hope- help. Where he is has certainly not worked out and nothing else has worked. So, this is the last thing we all can think of before forcing him into the military or writing him off completely until he turns his life around.
I have no delusions that this is the fix-all answer. I just have hope giving him this last opportunity might help.
I love and respect you guys and am just looking for advice, support or whatever anyone has to say. He's my brother and I just have to do this.
Am I insane? Am I doing the right thing?