A couple weeks after meeting with Dr. Phil, 16-year-old Alex was nowhere to be found. "When I came home yesterday, I found this letter and Alex was gone," says Dina.
The letter reads:
Mom, by the time you get this letter, you should know that I have left. I also wrote this to let you know that I am safe and will reach you when I feel like it is a good time to do so. Your son.
P.S. If you call the cops, I will really run away and hate you forever.
The police arrive and Dina explains the situation. She last knew of Alex's whereabouts the evening before at around 11:30, when he was at a friend's house. "That was the last time I heard anything about him," she says. "The one place he always goes is my mother's."
In the diary, Ashley confesses, "I'm starting to get depressed again. I'm even starting to cut myself again. You know I haven't done it in a while." She shows the cuts on her wrist. "When I do it, it relieves all my stress and then it goes away. Sometimes, I just want to run away. I don't think anyone would miss me. Sometimes I think if I would just end my life, nobody would care. I'm just scared that I'm going to do something and that I'm going to regret it."
Arrangements are made for Ashley to be taken to a medical center for an evaluation. "I'm going to tell her that she has to go either tonight or first thing in the morning. She has to go," says Dina.
When Dina tells her, Ashley cries, "No, I'm not going, Mom!" and storms out of the room.
Ashley pulls up her sleeves and shows her mother the cuts.
"And you think that's a good thing?" Dina asks.
"No, Mom, it's not. It really isn't. But you know what? I can't get through to you," says Ashley.
They are interrupted by police who have more questions about Alex.
"Can I have a hug now, little punk?" Dina asks. She questions him about whether he was drinking, but he denies it. "Well, I'm proud of you for hanging out with your friends and choosing not to drink," says Dina.
Dina argues, "How can you only get grounded for one day for staying out all night, and not even calling me? ... When you got to where you were going, you should've picked up the phone!"
"It was 4:00 in the morning!" says Alex.
"Doesn't matter," says Dina.
But the problems with Alex don't stop there. Dina explains: "Alex is required to take random drug tests for school. He failed it." After that test, Alex promised Dina that he was no longer on drugs and that his next test would be lower. "The second test was higher than the first test," says Dina. "I don't believe Alex when he tells me he's not doing drugs anymore. And I don't know what to do with him."Ashley still needs to talk.
"I've gone through this before," she pleads with her mom. "I've been to counseling, nothing helps when the problems keep growing and growing, Mom. I don't like living here, I don't like Lou anymore, I don't like Rachel anymore."
Dina and Ashley link pinkies. "I love you," Dina tells her.
"I love you," says Ashley.
"And if you do anything, I will kill you myself," says Dina.