Just wanted to update you all. We picked up difficult child from the Mental Health Hospital and drove him just over 4 hrs to TX. We put the child locks on in the car and my husband wore his running shoes, but in the end difficult child gave us no problems. It was a long silent drive, he really didn't have much to say. His neck has almost completely healed. If you look close you can see faint red lines, but anyone walking by on the street wouldn't see him and know what he had tried to do nearly 2 weeks ago. The substance abuse inpatient program looked nice. Everyone was very friendly and the patients walking around the "camp" didn't look abused or anything, but I'm a pessimistic worrier by nature. I just keep thinking the worst. When they took him away from us right away and we would not see him again before we left (2 hrs later), it didn't help. We have a blackout period of zero contact for 7 days. It's going to be rough. I can't stop thinking about him. Wondering if he's being treated nicely, wondering if he's being his manipulative self, charming the counselors into thinking he's "fine." We were asked to write an impact letter, read the book 'Co-Dependency No More' and start attending Al-Anon meetings. I don't know that my husband will agree to attend Al-Anon. How do you get a spouse that is not open to the idea of a support group to see that it's necessary!? On the other hand, you don't realize just how much stress you are under constantly keeping tabs on your child, watching, locking everything up etc until they aren't around. Our household hasn't been so laid back in a long time. I think we are all enjoying that part of it.