Author Ricki Townsend is a Registered Interventionist, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Ncac1, CADC-CAS, Bri-1, Chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist. Find her at A Path to Recovery.com
Offering an ultimatum can be a powerful tool in prompting a beloved child (of any age) to seek help. And I try to avoid the language of “kicking your kid out of your home” because that sets them up as victims, with the parent calling all the shots. It is disrespectful to them. The truth is you aren’t kicking your son or daughter out; you are giving them a CHOICE to get treatment for a potentially deadly brain disease that drives their deceitful, dangerous and manipulative behavior. You are also giving them the choice to live somewhere else, wherever that might be.