Trouble with my 16year old son

Bleu - posted on 08/31/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




I am at the end of my rope.My son has been living with me for over a year now. He has dropped out of school. Starting abusing drugs and alcohol. Recently, starting leaving when ever he wanted. I started to report him as a runaway. It is very hard for me. I love him very much and want to help him. He is refusing any help. In the last week he has just been caught for theft and underage under the influence. I am hoping the courts will force him in a program. I have looked for ones myself but I am a single mom and cant afford most of the programs out there. I am not sure what to do anymore. I do have a younger child at home that I worry about his influence on him. Any advice you can give me would be great.


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Kate CP - posted on 08/31/2011




See if there is a scared straight program in your area he can participate it.

Kristy - posted on 08/31/2011




The juvenile will more than likely place him on what is called TASK, here in Alabama. They give people who have to go through this program a color and they to call everyday. If his color comes up, he has to go take a drug test, alcohol as well. As far as the theft is concerned, he might probation and be under house arrest for a certain period of time. Next time he runs away, definitely call the police. There are a lot of "scared straight" programs out there. He might be a candidate for that.

Kelina - posted on 08/31/2011




The only thing you can do is love him and be there for him when he figures out he's doing something stupid. If he gets caught stealing the best thing you can do is let him deal with the consequences and one thing i've learned about addictions is that the only person that can force him to change is himself. Make sure he knows he's loved, be there for him when he falls, and pray that he'll come to his senses. good luck!

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