I'm not a parent, so suggestions for helping troubled teens have escaped my notice. I know drug & alcohol problems have been around for a long time, but they seem to have reached epidemic proportions. Luckily, the teens in my family have not walked on the wild side, and have refrained from engaging in destructive behavior.
So, I find myself at a loss, as a neighbor tells me of a boy out of control. He turned 16 last week, does drugs, drinks, hangs out with guys in their 20's who are very rough. He does not have a driver's license, but he drives his friend's cars. Memorial weekend he did not come home, & staying out all night has since become a habit. He tells his mother she can't stop him. His father, who is unemployed, also drinks and does "spice." His mother has a very good job & has climbed up the career ladder. G.