My son is started an outpatient program a few weeks ago (3x's a week) - so he's had about 6, 3 hour sessions so far. Tonight was our first family "group" therapy session. I say "group" because there was only one other boy. This boy doesn't talk so basically, the boy's mother, us (husband, son, & I) and the two counselors were the ones that did the talking. After talking about some issues we all had, our son told the "group" that this program is a waste of time. He has he gets a lot more out of AA. He really embraces AA and takes it seriously. On the other hand, he has the treatment center isn't as helpful as he thought it would have been. All he does during most of the treatment time is fill out forms. Forms and more forms. He says the same questions are asked throughout the forms over and over again. He doesn't understand how this is supposed to help him. He says after being in school all day (he's 16 and has ADD) they make him sit three hours more. He asked if they could be a little creative and make it a little more interesting or interactive. They seemed somewhat receptive but they said there are some state requirements that they have to fulfill. Does anyone know what a good program is supposed to provide? This was a court ordered program that was supposed to be paid for through funding but money is short and so now they're asking for our insurance to pay for it (not all of course). If insurance is required, perhaps we could send our son to a different program that might be better, but we need to know what to look for.
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