Two weeks ago our son was asked to leave the non traditional boarding school he was in. While he was away, I found myself again. I was no longer the mom of a difficult child that caused me to feel isolated. I was the woman that could go and do anything I wanted. I no longer had to reply no to the invitations. My husband and I could relax, we could breath again. We took advantage of the freedom we so needed and we traveled. We did the things we always wanted to do all those times we'd say, "If only he was different". He's only 15, almost 16 and our youngest. We're in our early 50"s and full of life and we found our smiles again. Being empty nesters after all the years of living in chaos was such a gift. Now he's back and I cry every day. My smile is gone and I'm desperate to find another place for him. We have hope that there's something out there. We hope we can find the place that can help him. It's only a matter of time before he gets in trouble with the police for stealing. It's only a matter of time before he starts using drugs and alcohol. We have a chance because of his age, his brain is still developing. I need to hear something positive from those of you that have older kids with conduct disorder. What are their futures like? Right now I just don't see one.