hi i need advice or help or something
so a few weeks ago i posted about my younger brother and how he almost died and whatnot
i’m so WORRIED about him and i don’t know what to do because like. ok. he’s clearly getting mixed up in all sorts of alcohol + drugs and has been since he was 15 (he’s only 16 now) but like, between last summer and now he’s just been getting worse? like, last summer he stole my dad’s car w/o his knowledge at 3 am to go out driving and he got charged w/ driving w/o a license which is a literal felony, he almost died two weeks ago of a mix of alcohol poisoning and that bike crash and today my mom caught him shoplifting, which he apparently does a lot, he admitted to that. my mom gave him the choice to either go back to the store and return what he’d stolen or put it in a donation bin and he started throwing a raging fit that culminated in him trying to hurt my mom but punching the car and his own head instead and saying that he wishes he’d get cancer and die?
like he is troubled. in every sense of the word and i don’t know what is making him act out this way. i don’t know if it’s a mental illness or just like, him acting out for the sake of acting out and Being Cool, which he is very preoccupied with as it is, his social image and whatever.
my family is very worried that he’s just going to end up getting himself killed. he’s a reckless person in general, a very reckless driver (i told him to stop texting and driving 3 hours ago when he was driving – he got his permit – and he told me to fuck off lol?) and is mixed up in all types of drugs and alcohol it seems. he really has no regard for others in any way which is also very concerning.
i am worried about the fact that he is very much a danger to himself and worried that he could become a danger to others because he is also prone to violent outbursts and has physically tried to instigate fights with BOTH of my parents.
like, is there anything we can do? my family? are we doing something wrong? any type of advice or suggestions would be very much appreciated. (?