Hi everyone, Well my son is still doing well and still thinking things through and making some good decisions. He has been at the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for a month and it is time for him to go to the step down program. It is a small program and so a lot of the programming has been with both groups. He is not crazy about the guys in the step down program because he does not feel they are serious about recovery.....so he talked to them and at least for now they are letting him stay with the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) program because as he said those are the guys i got clean with!! The fact that he is advocating for himself and wanting to be with the guys who are really serious is amazing in itself. He also has a hernia and needs to have surgery to have it fixed. This of course is a worry because of pain medication!! He knows this and has been worried about this but he is talking to them about allowing him to be in their detox center during recovery so they can manage the pain medications! The fact that he realizes that he needs someone else to manage the pain medications for him is also amazing and that he is asking for that and coming up with solutions for that! Hopefully they will be able to figure that piece out but it sounds like they will. I would be willing to go out to see him during his operation but in no way do I want to be at all responsible for managing his medications. I dont want the dynamic between us with that, and given his history and what happened when he got his wisdom teeth out i know that would be a disaster. Anyway he continues to be thinking things through even as obstacles come up and I am very pleased about it all.... and very hopeful. This is so absolutely different from any other time he has been in treatment. For those of you feeling hopeless, go back and read the history of my son and I hope this can give you hope!