Intervention Follow Up: Support For Brandon

Intervention Follow Up: Support For Brandon
Brandon returns straight from rehab.
Brandon's sister, Christina, couldn't make it to his follow-up because of final exams at school, but she sent a video message for him: "Dear Brandon, I'm so proud of you for going into treatment. I only have one big brother, and that's you. It was really hard for me to watch you in such pain and participate in the intervention. You've always been protective of me, now please protect yourself from your disease. I love you and will always be supportive of your sobriety. I can't wait to see you again and I look forward to spending time with you over the holiday. Love, Christina."

Dr. Phil asks Brandon's brother, Bobby, what is different about Brandon these days. "His eyes are a lot better. He smiles all the time," he says. Bobby says he misses Brandon a lot and can't wait to go fishing with him again and to spend some time together.

Brandon misses Christina and Bobby as well, and can't wait to get home to spend more time with them.

Dr. Phil received 3,300 e-mails and over 1,200 message board posts from viewers after seeing Brandon's intervention. Here's what some viewers had to say to Dr. Phil and Brandon:

Dr. Phil,

As I watched today's show, tears fell like rain. My brother John was a drug addict. I did what I had been told to do by letting him hit bottom, but by then it was too late, and last year he committed suicide. Please tell this family no matter what, they should never give up on their son and brother. I know I can't change the past, and the only thing that gives me hope is the thought that my brother's death and drug use will help me help others. Please give all my love, hope and support to Brandon and his family.

Lisa, Florida.

Dear Dr. Phil,

I just watched your intervention with Brandon and I have to say, I can totally relate with what he's going through. I'm 20 years old and also dealing with drug issues. I've been using cocaine for over a year now. Watching the show made me realize that I, too, needed help, and as a result I have decided to check myself into rehab. Dr. Phil, I will never forget Brandon and I pray that we are both able to overcome our addictions.

Sarah, Washington.

Dear Dr. Phil,

I am also a drug addict and have been clean for six years. My heart goes out to Brandon and his family, especially his mother. As I listened to her talk about how she would check his room in the morning to see if he was dead or alive, I saw, for the first time, how it must have been for my parents.

Sincerely, Lisa, California.

Dear Dr. Phil,

Three short months ago I was in Brandon's shoes, fighting the same demons. I saw so much of my old self in him, his attitude and most of all, the unhappiness in his eyes. This summer I decided to get help and I'm taking one day at a time. My thoughts and prayers go out to Brandon and his family.

Amanda, Arizona.

Dear Dr. Phil,

I'm watching the Brandon intervention and it's like it's meant to be for me to see this show today. You see, my wife is hooked on Vicodin and she's taking up to 20 pills a day. Before today, I felt so lost and devoid of hope, but now I'm planning an intervention for her this weekend and hopefully she will be in rehab by next week. I'm so grateful to you for tackling this subject and showing people like me that there is hope. I can't thank you, Brandon, or his family enough.

Sincerely, Robert, New Mexico.