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My son is such a lair!

he told us he was abusing aerosol inhalants, now he says he likes to use areosol cans to set fires!  he says he uses them as a sort of blow torch, lights fires, then "enhances' them with aerosol cans.  He also says he likes to "inhale" the fire fumes.  We can't get a straight answer out of him, just know he's doing "something" with aerosols.

We've already taken him to the ER, spoken with his doctor and a social worker and school counselor, I think he's enjoying the attention all this stir is creating.  I do know he's doing something, found struck matches, lighters, ashes, burned paper, etc in the back yard.  Honestly, I'm thinking he needs to be in a psychiatric hospital before he sets the house on fire!  We supervise him as much as possible but its impossible to keep an eagle eye on him 24/7.  He also steals money from us!

Has anyone put thier child in a psychiatric hospital?  How are we supposed to go about that if we don't even know the full truth--is he abusing inhalants or a pryomaniac? 

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How old is he? He probably wants your love and you're just over reacting about the situation... tell him you love him and talk to him, and increase his allowance, kids need to buy things now-a-days...

I don't know, so how old is he, and how much money has he stolen? I'm curious be more specific!


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We recently had a 16-year-old foster son named Robert who abused inhalants.  It took us awhile to figure out what he was doing, and we confronted him about it periodically, which he always denied.  Evidence was everywhere, but we could never catch him in the act.

The problem reached a climax one day when he turned on the propane inside our house (clothes dryer connection), and forgot to turn it off.  The house could have exploded overnight, and I didn't discover it until the next morning.  That was the day we decided to intervene.  We asked another foster son to wear a tape recorder to tape his conversation with Robert, who often bragged about his inhalant abuse.  Sure enough, within a day or two, we had our evidence on tape.  We confronted Robert with it, and he agreed to admit himself to a psychiatric hospital. 

He is now at a boot-camp type facility, but is doing well, and has asked to return to our home following completion of his treatment plan.  It's been 5 months already, with 3 months to go.  He's grateful that we intervened because he knows he was on a very destructive path.  We've told him we're not sure if we'll allow him to come back, but are considering giving him a second chance. 

I encourage you to do whatever you have to do to get help for your son, and don't be afraid of the consequences of your proactive intervention.  At least you'll know you've done all within your power to help him overcome this terrible addiction.  Good luck!
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