Help For Teen Alcoholics
Teen alcoholics need to have the same treatment opportunities as adults. Teens may need more intervention in order to help them realize that they have a problem and to help them to do something about it. The good news is that teens are catching the problem early enough that they most likely won’t suffer any permanent damage.
Teens with alcohol problems may be more apt to hide the problem from their parents and other adults. For this reason it is important that other teens know the symptoms of alcoholism so they can recognize them in their friends. If someone knows a teen with a potential alcohol abuse problem they should let an adult know immediately.
Teens can find help for their alcohol problem in many places. To start with, school counselors are trained to deal with all types of situations including alcohol and substance abuse. A teen may be afraid to talk to their parents about it for fear of being scolded or reprimanded. Parents need to know the signs of alcohol abuse and make attempts to stay connected to their teen. Parents are the best source of help for a teen because the parent has the resources to assist the teen in getting the proper help and the parent loves the child and wants the best for him.
Another source of help for teens with alcohol dependency is a rehab or treatment center that specializes in substance or alcohol abuse. Treatment centers offer inpatient programs that combine several forms of treatment while the teen actually lives at the facility. This intense treatment helps to break the teen of drinking while using therapy to get to the root cause of the situation.
Once a teen leaves a rehab facility they will need to continue with therapy or a support group. Alcoholics Anonymous (Al-anon) has a special group just for teens called Alateen. This group uses a twelve-step program along with support from other people to help aid the teen through the recovery process. Alateen meetings are closed to adults (except for an adult sponsor who runs the meeting) so that teens can open up without feeling pressured.