Re: Advice about a prodigal son needed
It sounds like your son has been in long enough to clean out his system (assuming he has not used inside). While doing public defense work, one of the things I have often advocated for is release to a residential substance abuse facility. My argument almost always says that a staged release will allow for a better transition out to the community instead of throwing a person straight out. I have had clients who I have gotten out of jail who then went to the program and did well, another stayed at the program for dinner than left only an hour after she got there, others hve gone home and stayed clean, I had one client who died of an overdose their first weekend back home as they waited for a bed to open, others would eventually fall back into using because they only knew users and one guy told me he went to live in a crack house because he didn't know anyone else who would take him in. I seldom know how well someone will do and maybe they don't know either. You may want to consider having him do a residential program for a month or longer but how he is going to do there or at home will be up to him and how he wants to do. Good luck. I don't envy your or your son's position.