Birds need to be pushed out of the nest sometimes…


our son who is 20 years old was arrested for intent to sell marijuana. He was in out patient drug counseling and on three years probation. During this time he had a positive test for cocaine and got arrested again for having oxycotin. Two of his friends died of drug overdoses in the past year. He is in rehab but only for 30 days. I just found out today that his best friend (who I thought was clean)  is also doing oxycotin. Do I push for him (son) to go to another rehab or half way house when his 30 days are up? It is like he is stuck between the age of 17 and 20. He works part time and just seems like he has really low self esteem and confidence. I don’t know what to do. Help.


I can understand that it is hard for you to have your son so far off track. Yet, he is an adult and now has to make his own choices in the world. If you continue to make choices for him and make life easy for him he will continue in his addiction. The best thing you can do is to stop paying for his things and giving him a place to stay. He is an addict and doesn’t need people in his life that make it easy for him to stay an addict. You need to take an honest look at yourself and determine if you are making it easy for him to keep on in his behavior.



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