Let's say I have a friend, and that friend has a brother. Now, this friends brother had all the opportunities a jolly family could provide. He was good at school, had a good circle of friends, enjoyed sports and instruments, an all-round human being. But in his early teens he started doing cannabis and later moved onto more serious drugs. Since then he has stolen from family, forced us *ahem* them to install locks on bedroom doors, frequently threatens himself (but never means it). He doesn't take care of his appearance and barely holds down a low-end job that his parents (he's in his mid-20's now) still has to wake him up for. Recently there was an event where he vanished for a day and came back smacked off his face on some drugs, not sure which. He was found sleeping outside on bins that he had knocked over. He began an argument that lasted for 3 days where nobody in the house got any sleep. He became delusional, threatening, believed he was still a child. The argument was simply that he wanted money for drugs, an argument with a story that continued to change and warp as the days went on. At one point he passed out and an ambulance was called, but at the hospital he just tried to steal medicine (hiding them down his pants) he was caught but nothing came of it. He has no responsibility for anything and acts no different than when he was in those early teens. He doesn't cook, clean, help out. Just argues and shouts, believing the world is against him and it's everyone elses fault the way he is. My friend's family can't take it any more but they don't know what to do. They've tried taking him to a doctor, but progress is very slow and nothing has changed (yet), ultimately the doc won't be able to fix his drug problem either. Do they call the police the next time there's an episode? Does the family kick him out? He wouldn't survive on his own and would probably become homeless, if he lost his current job he wouldn't be able to get another for a while (left school without any qualifications). But his behaviour is making his parents sick and his little sister very scared. He believes he's got mental problems. I think he has, as well as being a drug addict. They're UK based and they think the next step might be to phone social services. (despite the silly tone of this it's actually really destroying my friends family.) I'm not even sure about posting this but I don't know where else to ask.