Our expert says:
if he has reverted to previous behaviours do you think he has started abusing substances again? As a first step I suggest ruling this out because if he is continuing to use his situation will not improve unless he goes for rehabilitation - if this is the case choose a facility that will also carry out therapy both individually and as a family.
You need to come together as a family to help him because as you say he is emotionally younger than his years which is very common when people have struggled with addiction. Throwing him back on the streets will change nothing, and given you see him as 14 or 15 would you do that to someone of that age?
Consider rehab and you may have to take a court order if he refuses to go - he doesnt have to be under 18 for this in RSA. He needs support and boundaries to help him.
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