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How To Help Addicted Brother

My younger brother is 22 years old and has had a drug problem for at least the last 6-7 years. It started in high school with marijuana and now has progressed to harder drugs. His problem has escalated to the point that he doesn't pay his bills and barely keeps a job. He has been arrested once on a drug related charge and is now awaiting a hearing. I am very worried about him because even after being arrested and spending several days in jail, he still chooses to be involved with drugs. Up to this point, either I or my parents have always been there to bail him out financially or otherwise, but I have finally decided that until he makes the choice to straighten himself out, I can no longer offer any support to him. I have tried to convince him to get help, but he is always quick to tell me that he agrees with me and is going to stop on his own. What kind of programs are out there for someone like my brother and what determines if he is sent to regular jail or a re-hab type facility? Also, if I were able to convince him to get help, is there any kind of financial assistance available for the treatment?

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