Do your research before you send him to rehab. Last summer we found a rehab place in TN that was supposed to use DBT the best therapy for schizophrenia. Their website look great; the price was expensive but affordable and less than a lot of the others. They were Christian-based and they worked with the individual to find the underlying causes of the addiction according to the website. Our son was not interested but we insisted and with it being only a state away we thought we had found a good plan. Our pastor had dropped off a brochure the week before. We drove him down and met the counselors in the group home and left. On the way home they called us to assure me that our son had come to them and had told them this was different then he had had expected sounding positive like it might work out and they were ready to say that they thought he might benefit from a longer stay. That evening I got a phone call about 1 o’clock in the morning from a pastor who told me that my son was out of the program that they had giving him his bag, his money, his medicine and had escorted him to town. They said that he had an altercation with another patient. Our son had never been violent before but he is loud and he has a loud voice and he uses his voice often when he feels threatened. I called my sister-in-law who lived closer to the place and asked her to go to the hospital where the police officer had dropped him off. This hospital had no psychiatric unit and he was admitted and treated for bruising around his neck. The nurse who treated him suggested he file a police report so she called the police back. He declined to do that and went out to smoke a cigarette outside and wait for us to pick him up. He then met someone who asked for a cigarette but told him that they were Christian and he could stay with them.
To make a long story short he was picked up by a group of heroin users. He doesn’t do that drug and noticed they were sharing needles. He didn’t join them but did want to buy mj. His bag was separated from him at another house. I was three hours away trying to call the police in the middle of the night. The hospital said that he had simply vanished.
I have found it common for people to be picked up from the hospital. People assume they have drugs and stalk the disabled or MI.
He convinced them the next day to let him use his phone and they thought we were far away. My sister-in-law was in the town looking for him and as soon as I got an address they went over to pick him up. It was in the middle of projects and the individuals were pretty scary individuals. Thank God my brother in law accompanied her there and insisted he get in his car.
We learned that unless our son wants to get better it is a waste of time to send him anywhere for rehab. It could’ve been much worse but it was bad enough. Not knowing where he was and knowing that I had taken him and dropped him off was horrible. So I am very, very cautious of where I send him and I would definitely check it out well first.
Our son got sick before he was able to leave home and learn independence on his own and he’s very gullible and naïve. It’s a shame because left on the streets he’s very likely to be a victim like this episode showed us but I would love for him to be able to have some independence.
He has poor insight and so far the eight hospitalizations that he’s had has not helped him gain insight. If they are psychotic I really don’t see how any type of therapy could be beneficial beyond establishing trust. I’m sorry this is so long-winded but I felt like we were victims of a false website they did they have since taken that part down that they serve schizophrenics because they don’t. I told them if they did not that I would sue them. I would love to hear a positive results of rehab but even the ones the therapeutic communities they have to want to get better, they have to want to take their medicine, and they have to want to follow the rules of the community. I wish you the best.