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My 17-year-old son has been doing some weird things lately and right now, I am very concerned about his behavior. He has been going through a rough patch lately, especially since the day he broke up with his longtime girlfriend Amy. Since the day they broke up, my son has been hanging out with some “not so good” people. I even think that he is doing drugs. I am very scared about all this and want to do something to make things better before we lose him completely. My husband and I have thought about moving to a different state to help our son to get away from all this but we do not know if that is a good idea. What do you think? Should we move? What else can we do to help our son?
The Scared Mom
Dear Scared Mom,
If you want to get this situation under control before is too late, I will say; go ahead and do whatever you think is best for your family. And, if moving to a different place is what you think is best for your son, then go ahead and do that. One thing I have to say is that moving alone with not help him in getting his life back on track. The truth is that if your son is doing drugs, he needs help as soon as possible, and ignoring the issue will not do good to anyone, especially to your son. He needs to get treatment so he can stop using the drugs. He also needs counseling to help him go through whatever is that he is going through. And, most of all; he needs his parents’ support, so give that to him. The good thing about all this is that your son has parents who care a lot about him and are willing to do whatever it takes to help him in getting better. I commend you for wanting to do what is best for your son. With your help, I am sure that things will get back to normal in no time.
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