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7.11.10

She has suffered for years with self destructive behaviors such as bulimia, cutting, drinking, drug use, stealing, lying ...

My name is Rene and I'm writing to see if you can give me any guidance or leads for social services and/or any other type of programs that we may try to help my partner's 19 yr old. She has suffered for years with self destructive behaviors such as bulimia, cutting, drinking, drug use, stealing, lying and most recently arrested for DUI. She has recently gotten a job but is now faced with the possibility of losing it. Her parents are divorced and she is not welcome to stay at her mothers, has been staying at her fathers but was kicked out this weekend. We would like to offer her to come back home but with strict guidelines, with some form of therapy or counseling a must. We just don't know where to start and aren't sure she will participate. With her being 19, going on 20, do we have any legal force to make her participate in a program?

What are your suggestions for us to begin looking at programs that she could participate in but yet still keep her job, which we feel is important to helping her learn to be self-sufficient and responsible. She has shown absolutely no responsibility, respect or concern for anyone, including herself; although she always puts her own wants before others.

We are open to any suggestions you may have. Her mother works at a highschool and I'm assuming would have access through her insurance to some mental health programs. Would you suggest we start there first? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciate.

My Out-of-Control Teen

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