BartSimpson wrote:While you are researching SMART Recovery, take a look at Orange-Papers.org - specifically the information about the impact of AA on family.
As part of your case preparation, you should read up on the CDC health study called ACE - Adverse Childhood Experiences - conducted with Kaiser Health. Note how many of the factors your son has, and the eventual impact on his life. Your son is at risk for his own issues, including compulsive behaviors.
The issue the mother has is easily explained as a compulsive behavior - it is not a disease. By way of introduction, I am a licensed physician in the State of California and speak with certain qualification. While your wife is being treated for her bi-polar condition, the absence of Naltrexone means her drug use isn't being addressed. You should take a look at what Naltrexone does.
Bart, this is by far the best post you have posted on these AA type programs. My wife joined AlAnon to deal with her mother's drinking and while we had marital problems, a whole bunch of others got added on. Next thing I know, things are off the rails and "she doesn't love me anymore" and we are getting a divorce. I don't know what they teach in these programs, but I sure hope karma bites them in the < hindquarters >.