Strained Relations

Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens

Family on the Mend Following Loss and Arrest

Posted by Marcia on January 11, 2010

Her son, James, died two years ago. He was 17, drunk and alone in an accident.

When Jim turned 15, she saw the same attitude, language, bad crowd, laziness in school, and out all night drinking that she saw with her first child.

This time around, Jim was taken to the police station and he called her.

It’s a terrible call to receive, but it’s better than the last time she was contacted by the police.

Because Jim understood what real tragedy, heartbreak and loss was like, and she knew he missed his brother tremendously, she thought he would be immune to this same path. She brushed off some of her concerns, overlooked others, and didn’t deal with his situation.

The court mandated a drug and alcohol abuse treatment center for Jim, and it was exactly what he needed. Meanwhile, she and her family started attending therapy and Al-Anon meetings so they could change their family dynamics.

She said there was significant improvement in their home life, their communication, and their kids’ attitudes as a result of this work.

You can find Al-Anon meetings at

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