Sir, I am a recovering oxycodone addict who was also known as a needle junkie. I will always have the scars on my hands to remind me of this. I am 19 years old. I have been to 3 treatments in 1 year and I just left my last one on Monday (4/4/2011) after serving 77 days in the county jail. I have 112 days clean now. From my experience, he will truly have to hit rock bottom, which is different for everyone. My mother pressed charges on me for Aggravated Burglary Oct. 17, 2009. The only reason she did that was to help me. She is sitting with me now and we both agree that it was not the right move. Even after getting a Class C felony not even one month after I turned 18, I still kept on going. In fact I got worse, so it turned into a mess with the legal system. Right now he probably feels alienated and a little bit rebellious to how the situation unfolded with you so give him time and I promise he will come back. I'm going to guess he is probably doing a form of pain pill seeing as they are running rampant through this part of the state. I have been an addict for years and it took me realizing all I had lost, including family, to make me hit rock bottom. I was sleeping wherever I could find a place to lay my head, I was robbing people, and even stripping to get the money for my fix. When you're addicted you're not doing it to get high, you do it to feel normal. I would suggest to let him go for the moment. Plant the seed in his head to get into a treatment program and make that option available. CCS in Kingsport is a great program. It helped me a lot. They put junkies first in line on the waiting list. Honestly, only time will tell with your son. Even after getting into treatment he could relapse and start the cycle over worse. It took me 3 treatments for the message to really sink in. Even now only time and willingness will tell. Will-power has nothing to do with it. No one has the will-power of an addict. We stop at NOTHING to get what we need, even if we hurt our families in the process. We are not thinking of anyone but ourselves and that needle/dope. This is coming from me and my mother, don't turn your son in. I know he will hit his bottom, you just have to give him space and time. I have been on 11/29 probation for almost 2 years now. I'm a good person but my addiction has always won the battle. I'm out to win the war. I will leave you my e-mail address if you would like to contact me or if you would like for me to talk to your son. it is : email@example.com . You can find me on Facebook by that also. I truly hope the best for you and your son. I know you are probably in a lot of pain right now but please believe your son is too. From what I see of your situation, there's nothing the police can do for him unless he has committed a crime that you can charge on him and I DO NOT suggest this at all. A drug tip line will just give you a list of treatment programs and wish you the best. Addiction is not easy to understand. It is a disease that cannot be cured. I will always be an addict but I go through treatment for it. I will always have to treat it as if it is diabetes. A counselor I had this year in treatment told me he would rather have cancer than be an addict because at least cancer has a possibility to be cured. When I went back to court in February in shackles, the judge told the District Attorney that Jail is not Rehabilitation. In jail, all you think about is getting drugs. You learn nothing to help deal with the cravings and urges you get from your addiction. I personally feel it makes it worse. I needed that last treatment. If I left jail straight out, I would have relapsed. I know this. So please if you would like to talk more contact me and please take me and my mother's opinion into consideration.