According to an Oct. 3 RadarOnline report, Si's book, "Si-cology: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle," bouts of alcoholism, substance abuse and mental illness were part of their bringing up. Si wrote that he and Phil spent a lot of time in hospitals and the state mental institution as young children when their mother had a nervous breakdown and was diagnosed as manic-depressive.
Si admitted to battling alcohol abuse throughout his young adulthood -- with the most prevalent while he served in Vietnam.
“Believe me, it was easy to find a drink in Can Tho if you wanted one,” Si wrote. “…You could find a drink and a girl whenever you wanted for the right price.”
The "Duck Dynasty" star eventually got tired of the drinking, however.
“I drank so much beer and whiskey in Vietnam that I decided I would quit drinking alcohol altogether once I returned home,” he shared. “I saw what alcohol was doing to me in Vietnam and realized I needed to stop for good.”
In 1971, Si and his wife, Christine, moved to Junction City, Arkansas and that's when Phil had his issues with drinking since he was running a bar. Si had overcome his alcohol problems at that point.
“It was during Phil’s struggles with alcohol and drugs, so it was a really wild time to be around,” Si explained. “…Phil was operating a honky-tonk [bar] and was drinking at the time.”
Si wrote that Phil honestly wasn't that good of a person until he found Jesus Christ then he repented his sins.
A new generation of issues arised for the Robertsons when Si's son, Scott was born in 1977. A liver problem shortly after his birth damaged a part of his brain, which caused trouble down the road.
“Scott was suicidal from the time he was about five years old," Si wrote. "His behavior was really erratic as a child. When Scott would get tired, he would throw his arms out and fall backward.”
Scott tried committing suicide when his mother caught him trying to leap from a two-story window. Luckily, he got the help he needed and it was learned he had Asperger's. No one realized what kind of help he needed at the time. He's a happy and healthy man today.
This is the letter Scott gave his father that was published in his book:
“You are and always have been the rock this family holds to. Your faith in God as I grew up showed me that we might not always have the answers and that was okay, because God was in charge and would always take care of us. I love you, Dad, and will consider myself lucky if I grow up to be half the man you are.”
The book will be an eye-opener for fans of "Duck Dynasty" to see the trials and tribulations some of the stars have had to endure to get where they are today.