‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Si Robertson Reveals Family’s Struggles with Mental Illness & Alcoholism in New Book

by | October 3, 2013 at 8:25 PM | Celebrities, Duck Dynasty

Si Robertson (Getty Images Entertainment)

With a national hit series about family, the “Duck Dynasty” clan has quickly risen as an embodiment of clean living.

However, it turns out that before the show began, there were personal issues that affected the Robertson family such as addiction and mental illness, according to RadarOnline.

“Duck Dynasty’s” Si Robertson is reportedly writing in his new book, “Si-cology: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle,” that the clan had personal demons to conquer before they became famous.

It turns out that Si and his brother, Phil had a mother who “suffered a nervous breakdown and was diagnosed as manic-depressive,” noting that “she spent a lot of time in hospitals and the state mental institution.”

“It was the only time in my life when I drank heavily,” he writes. “Now, I partied during my short stay [in college], but it was different in Vietnam. I was largely drinking to forget where I was. When you’re in a place like Vietnam, you get to a point where you don’t care any more. You’re in a place that’s foreign to you, and you know for a fact that many people there hate you and will kill you if they get the chance. It really does something to your mind to know that many of the people living around you don’t like you and want you to die.”

In the meantime, Phil had his own struggles with drinking and was arrested for seriously injuring a couple during a bar fight.

“To be honest, Phil was not a very good person until he found Jesus Christ,” Si writes. “But he repented his sins and is sharing the rest of his life sharing God’s Word.”