Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson is quite the yarn spinner, but in his new book, Si-cology: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle, the tale he tells is a super dark one. Uncle Si opens up about his past with alcoholism and the violent impulses he fought while serving in Vietnam. The book also reveals that Si isn’t the only member of the Robertson family who’s had hefty struggles with various demons — including drug use, mental illness, and an attempted suicide.
Of his own substance abuse problems, Si writes that he had free and easy access to both alcohol and women during his one-year tour in Vietnam, which quickly led him on a downward spiral. At one point he even found himself battling violent impulses toward innocent civilians. Once he realized what was happening to him, Si resolved to make a change. “I saw what alcohol was doing to me in Vietnam and realized I needed to stop for good.”
While Si kicked his habits, his brother Phil battled his own problems with drug and alcohol abuse, but like Si found strength through his faith. “To be honest, Phil was not a very good person until he found Jesus Christ.”
The Robertson brothers had a rough childhood,according to Si’s memoir, with a mother diagnosed with manic-depression (now more commonly referred to as bipolar disorder) who spent time in and out of various mental care facilities. In more recent past, Si’s own son Scott has dealt with mental health issues and at one point attempted to take his own life.
Despite the darkness of their family’s past, Si’s book actually shapes up to be a pretty uplifting read. Just as it is on the show, Si’s memoirs reveal a family that has its problems, but they find strength and happiness in each other and their faith. We imagine it probably helps at least a little bit that they’re super millionaires.
Source: Radar Online