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I Need Help Desperately - Jim

I have a 33 year old son that has mental problems and abuses drugs daily. He has been in and out of hospitals and rehabs since her was 18. He currently lives in Oklahoma with his Mother and sisters. He is on the brink of suicide but he can't stop himself. We don't know where to turn for help. He has checked into emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts. He says he wants to quit drugs so bad because he is a burden on us and society but he can't stop. He needs desperate long term help.

His drug of choice is cough syrup. It's easy to steal from stores and he drinks 2 or 3 bottles and gets very high. His Mother even went around town with his picture and showed it to store managers and warned them about him possibly stealing cough syrup but no one has caught him yet. Believe me, we don't want to see him get arrested but it's better than him being found dead.

We are not wealthy people and cannot afford expensive treatment facilities. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do next?

I truly believe that he will not last out the year if we don't get him some help.

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