Addiction Forum Question

Forum Question
HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

Do I have to kick my son out?

I’ve been down this road before. I recognize all the signs, but my son (who has been out of rehab for six months) swears he isn’t using again. He’s stopped attending meetings, and I’m running out of options. I’ve never had to kick him out before, but I can’t trust him. Maybe this is the push that he needs to quit finally?
Kelly M If my daughter is living with me I have rules, and that means random drug tests. If she refuses, I guess I have my answer. When she has refused in the past, we had already agreed that if this would happen, she would chose to go to treatment and get help or she was no longer welcome in my home.
Olivia K It is always hard for any parent to tell their child they have to leave home. If you suspect your son has relapsed, a strong boundary needs to be set. The more comfortable he is in his addiction, the more chance his disease will continue and progress. Offer him the option of treatment or sober living, which lets him know you are not kicking him out with no place to go, but instead offering him somewhere he can focus on a solution. Even if he denies he is using, trust your instincts. Relapse happens way before an addict picks up a drink or drug. The attitudes and behaviors are an indication that he needs more support. You have a right to peace in your home.