Charles’ Diagnosis from Wilderness

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By this time, Charles had softened a bit. He was showing us the picture we sent of his dog Andy. Still our dog.

Many of you are currently dealing with a child (however old) with an mental illness. It was difficult for some reason to get a diagnosis in writing.

Time and again someone would start to treat him without a true assessment. Wilderness, 2nd Nature in Clayton, Georgia gave us that.

During his stay there, we had weekly one hour meetings by phone with his counselor. We also received letters from Charles including a Letter of Accountability included here. Unfortunately I don’t have all the pictures (some of them) and I don’t have the weekly update journal writings that Charles wrote for the whole group which were hilarious.

I decided to share this so you could see what one looked like and to show you what is behind a “troubled teen.” And troubled he was in so many ways.

Many of the things you’ll see in the LOA, Letter of Accountability, that they are required to write as part of the program will surprise you. I have a lot left to write about. 🙂

letter of accountability

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

2 thoughts on “Charles’ Diagnosis from Wilderness”

  1. Wow. I have to tell you I am sitting here in tears after reading his LOA. At times I thought I was reading parts of what my son would write. Thank you for sharing with those of us who are struggling to keep our kids alive and clean. I admire your honesty and strength.

    1. Amazing that there are so many similarities–ones we see only after we share. So glad it helped and I do want your son alive and clean. That’s why I do what I do!

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