Hi All. I am hoping that my 17 year old son will be accepted into a program this coming week (evaluation is on Tuesday). It's a residential treatment center, avg length of stay is a year plus. His issues are ODD, maybe bipolar, depression, substance abuse. Brilliant kid, but can't get his stuff together at all, and for the past two years, our home has been a warzone. It's affecting my two other sons, who are 14 and 9, and I can't do it anymore. But I am afraid that I may need a "backup plan" if for some reason this group doesn't accept him, or for some reason does not work out. I have looked at many "therapeutic boarding schools" online, but I dont know anyone who has experience with one. The cost is phenomenal, which I can't even imagine anyone being able to afford (and no, I am not willing to take out a 100K loan for one year of treatment). I also don't know how "safe" they really are- you read horror stories online, and I don't know what to believe. Also, most are not anywhere near where I live (minimum at least 5 hours away for the closest one). Just wondering if any of you out there have tried this option, and if so, how in the world did you pay for it? Did it work? I love my son so much, and he is a wonderful person beneath this rock hard exterior (we occasionally see that side of him, but not nearly enough). I just can't live with him anymore. I want the best for him, but can't make him get it together. thank you.