Treatment for Teen Alcohol Abuse
With alcohol being the substance most widely used by teenagers, it may seem common for a parent to catch their teen drinking; however, underage drinking is nothing to make light of. Studies have shown the earlier a teen starts abusing alcohol, the more likely they are to develop a substance use disorder.
Oftentimes, teenage drinking is a telltale sign that there are underlying issues causing this behavior. Without the proper coping mechanisms, sometimes teenagers turn to alcohol abuse or drugs as a way to deal with their struggles. When this happens, it can cause a ripple effect throughout the entire family, creating daily turmoil in your home. The good news? There is hope.
At Teen Treatment Center, we utilize evidence-based treatment methods to help troubled teens get back on the right path. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about how we treat teen alcohol use: (844) 319-5239. All consultations are confidential and free.
Dangers of Alcohol Abuse in Teens
When it comes to teen alcohol abuse, it’s important to understand the dangers involved. Too often, teen drinking is seen as typical age-appropriate behavior. While it is normal for teenagers to try new experiences, drinking alcohol or abusing drugs should not be one of them. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that since a teenager’s brain is still developing, alcohol consumption can cause serious issues, which include:
- Negative effects on information processing and learning
- Higher risk of developing an alcohol use disorder
For those who continue drinking alcoholl into adulthood, there is also an increased risk for a variety of health problems such as heart disease, liver disease, depression and more. In addition, teenage drinking increases the risk for a variety of other dangers, such as:
- Serious injuries and health complications
- Impaired judgment and decision-making
- Sexual and physical assault
If your teenager is showing signs of alcohol abuse, it is imperative to intervene early and get them the help they not only need, but deserve.
Signs of Underage Drinking
Alcohol use is often caused by peer pressure among friends, the urge to try new things, or having a drink may be viewed as a way to cope with stressful situations and possible mental health issues. Although it may be hard to decipher between typical teenage mood swings and signs of teen alcohol use, there are a few telltale signs:
- An increased need for privacy
- Sudden problems at school (grades, attendance, disciplinary issues)
- A new social circle
- Lack of care towards appearance
- Poor hygiene
- Bloodshot eyes
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Unusual smell on clothes or breath
If your teen is exhibiting one or more signs of alcohol abuse, it’s time to reach out for help.
Teen Alcohol Abuse Treatment
Our teen substance abuse treatment program utilizes evidence-based treatment methods to help teens heal mentally, physically and emotionally. At our accredited facility, teenagers receive around-the-clock care and support from our board-certified medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors and nurses.
A few of the goals of our adolescent treatment program are to stop your teen from abusing alcohol, work through any underlying issues contributing to their alcohol abuse, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. To reach these goals, we create an individualized treatment plan for each teenager that will address their unique background, circumstances and needs. Some of the treatments and services that may be incorporated into their treatment plan include:
- Medically-supervised Detox (if necessary)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Individual counseling
- Family therapy
- Group counseling
- Academic support
- Therapeutic recreation
- Life skills training
- Court liaison services
You and your teenager are not alone in this struggle. Many families have shared how Teen Treatment Center helped them to start living happier, healthier lives.
Help is available today. Our admissions counselors can be reached by phone or chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays: (844) 319-5239.
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