hi all I am new here. I have a long sad story, of course. My son is almost 17 and finally has been put in a pretty nice (looks like it from the website) residential treatment center by his school district. They said until he is 18. I am beyond grateful. When we have talked on the phone, he was just concerned with trying to figure out how to get out. He told me I was a bad mother. Okay…but he is almost an adult. He seems to have no sense of a future. Emotionally, he just seems to be 13. I know nobody can really answer this, but will he ever get better? He was not living with me, he had been placed with his father for the sake of my safety. He probably cannot live with his father, even if he was released before he is 18. Does this ever get better? Will he end up in prison? Will he ever go back to how he was? He seemed to change overnight at age 13 and a half. I also feel very alone - like who wants to hear about someone's mentally ill son?