A friend came to me (knowing I have a difficult child) and asked my advice. Her step-sister seems to be in crisis. The nineteen year old dropped out of college three weeks ago without telling anyone. The family got a call from the girl's roommate notifying them that she had self-injured (cutting) and needed help. They took her to a local center for evaluation and she was kept for 24 hours for observation. Since then, she has had several individual therapy sessions and one family session last night. At the family session, the therapist seemed to be blaming her issues on biology and genetics or "something that happened long ago". The girl was lashing out in severe anger at her family and blaming it all on them. She is now staying with her step-mom. They have restricted her access to a car and she is not planning on returning to school at this point. The family (especially my friend) really need to know how best to help her. She didn't seem to get anything out of her 24 observation period. And if she is an adult, can her therapist legally share ANYTHING about her diagnosis and or treatment options with the family? She may be losing her insurance as well since she left school. AND she signed a one year lease at the college. Is there any legal "loophole" to get out of leases for medical reasons? I do have calls out to some local people to find out what treatment options there might be in our area. Perhaps the step-sister might agree to have my friend act as her "guardian" to assist her with her issues. My friend fears that there might be substance abuse involved as she was on a variety of diet pills and was taking another person's anti-depressants to self-medicate. Anyone with tips on how to help an adult family member with these types of issues? Thanks!