My son is now in a secure care facility. He has just restarted monthly Invega Sustenna injections after a lapse of almost a year. The staff psychiatrist tells me that he will not benefit from group therapy, psychiatric counseling or the rehab programs that are available until he has stabilized. He is experiencing debilitating paranoia and delusions.
I have always been very close to my son, and whenever he has been hospitalized, I visit with him on a near daily basis. His psychiatrist tells me I should reduce my visits with my son to no more than once a week, otherwise he will remain dependent on me and will not benefit from therapy because he believes I will eventually get him released and he will come to live with me. I don’t believe this is true.
It would be very difficult for me to see my son so infrequently. I’m really the only person in the world that he talks to. He is estranged from his mother and friends. I think I should continue to visit with him four days a week as I have done for the past six weeks, and only reduce my visits when he shows indications of being stabilized. I am terribly conflicted.
Does anyone else have experience with a similar situation?