Hello. I've been looking over this site and finding some commonalities. My difficult child (I think that's the right moniker) was discharged from residential treatment for severe depression in late December. Was doing very well, but insisted on coming home for the holidays. Returned to poker playing, inconsistent schedule, inconsistent medications, drinking, compulsive behavior--basically regressed during every one of the 9 days he was at home. By the time I got him to the step-down program that had been recommended and that he had chosen, he was an oppositional mess. Continued to resist treatment there until they gave up on him 2 weeks ago. I advocated for his finishing the 2 courses in which he'd enrolled at the local college, because academics have been a stumbling block for him and I wasn't eager to see him fail at that again as well. So they have compromised by placing him in the dorms and offering continued therapeutic treatment until the end of the academic quarter, only a few weeks away. I have insisted on this continuing treatment as a condition of supporting his residency at the college (which is, incidentally, 3000 miles from home). Now his opposition has cancelled out any support from the step-down folks, but I have continued to insist on full therapeutic support--psychologist, psychiatrist, transition planning, all of which he can rustle up himself--as a condition of my financial support. I realize this is a Band-aid at best. He cannot develop a new therapeutic relationship in a few weeks; he no longer wants to work on his issues, but only to have a warm bed and a chance to play poker; we can't hope for him to improve over these weeks, but only possibly to pass the courses and not become suicidal. My question to you folks is: What, if anything, do you know about emerging-adult wilderness programs? This is what the step-down treatment team has recommended. He is completely resistant, but if he does get a new treatment team and realizes that I will not support him beyond March 15 unless he enters a program, there's a slim chance he'll do it. I don't know what kind of success these programs have with people over 18, especially with so little buy-in. But no one has suggested anything else, so right now it's either that or leave him on the street and watch all the $$$ and effort I have expended thus far turn to ashes. Any thoughts?