Re: Advice about a prodigal son needed
Wow that is tough, I feel for you. I think you are correct to be a little skeptical about having him at home, you have to think of your wife and step-daughter to. I'm not sure what laws are where you live, but you need to consider if he escalates from just using to selling. In some states, say he gets caught selling from your home, your property can be siezed by law enforcement. By no action of your own, your family could be out on the street.
My advice would be the halfway house. They can monitor him, including drug testing, and you don't have any of the associated risks. You can still visit him. Don't think of it as abandoning him, you aren't. It's what's best for him right now, even if he can't see it. It sounds like it's also best for you and your family. The halfway house can also get him some leads about getting a job when released, so he starts out of a positive foot instead of sending out resumes from home.
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