Jennifer came on the show to get help for her 16-year-old son, Tim, who was drinking, using drugs and had been arrested. Dr. Phil suggested that she put Tim in a supportive and therapeutic environment as soon as possible. At the end of the show, he met with Tim and told him, "I want to send you to a
With Dr. Phil's help, Jennifer sent Tim to SUWS of the Carolinas. "The first letters I received were not happy letters. There was some swearing. There was a lot of anger," she explains of the letters Tim sent her. "Those were kind of tough." After 90 days, Jennifer went to visit Tim for his graduation. "I am absolutely amazed. I am seeing a different young man than I brought here," she reflects.
Jack Kline, program director of SUWS, explains, "We're helping good kids that made bad choices. He changed because he wanted to
Tim shares his thoughts. "My life before was just dead end, and now I want a job, and I want school and I want to have a life," he says. After SUWS of the Carolinas, Tim went to Aspen Ranch to continue his therapy. "Right now at Aspen, I feel awesome!" he says. He has been going to school every day, is getting good grades and he was the lead in a play. "I found a lot of things that I love to do. I love to write," he explains.
Tim also has his concerns. "I'm very worried about what it's going to be like with me and my mom, because I've manipulated her in the past," he admits. "I think my biggest struggle will be the temptation to use. I know that all my friends are going to want to suck me back into what I used to do."
Dr. Phil tells Jennifer that she needs to come up with a plan and clearly defined roles for herself and for Tim so she is ready when he returns home. Both Jennifer and Tim need to be unified to make sure that sobriety prevails, and the manipulation and the enabling is stopped.
"She has a lot to be proud of. She has made some major improvements," Leslie says. "She is learning to change her behaviors, especially with Tim. But she's also learning to change the way she thinks about the way she deals with Tim."