Meet James

James was 12 years old when he started smoking marijuana. By the time he turned 16, he was smoking 2-3 grams a day. In addition to using marijuana, James also abused and sold prescription medications. During this time, he attended school less regularly and his grades suffered. He also lost his part time job. James often snuck out of the house and would not return home.

After one confrontation became physical, James's parents grew concerned for his safety and their own and committed him to residential treatment. Following a three-month substance abuse residential treatment program James returned home only to relapse after one week. While he participated in extended outpatient treatment his parents asked about therapy that focused on family support. That's when the family began Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT).

To protect the identity of the people involved, we've changed names but not stories.

After one confrontation became physical, James's parents grew concerned for his safety and their own.

Throughout the first few months of MDFT, James was on a rollercoaster of sobriety and relapse. His parents struggled with implementing structure and were unable to consistently enforce rules. However, the family was determined to work together and succeed. MDFT provided James and his parents with a safe place to talk about issues that they avoided and begin to understand each other. Together they learned to communicate more effectively, argue less and solve problems as a family. MDFT also helped James's parents establish a united front and learn to successfully co-parent as a team.

UPDATE: James has been clean for nearly four months. He enrolled in alternative school, is attending regularly and earns good grades. The family is expected to finish MDFT next month.
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