No parent likes to think his or her teenager has an addiction, but alcohol addiction treatment can save your teen’s life. Left untreated, alcoholism can lead to other physical and psychological problems—not to mention legal ramifications like juvenile detention or an automobile accident involving drunk driving.
The first step to getting your teen help is for you as a parent to admit that there is a problem. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but if you can take an objective look at your teen, you just may come to the conclusion that she can’t recover on her own—either because she denies she has a problem, or realizes she has a problem but doesn’t seem to care what it’s doing to her, her family and friends, or her future.
What started out as typical teenage experimentation or partying has led to full-blown alcohol addiction. Maybe you know this because she graduated from weekend drinking to daily drinking. Or maybe you know this because she drives while intoxicated. Or maybe you know this because her hands tremble and she shows signs of withdrawal if she doesn’t have alcohol every day.
Don’t fool yourself. If she doesn’t receive help now, she could die, and that isn’t an exaggeration. The worst thing you could do is do what she’s doing, and enable her drinking. You are the sober one. The parent. You have to intervene in order to save her.
If you aren’t sure where to start, know that help is standing by with information and resources.
If your daughter is unwilling to go to treatment on her own, a little tough love may be in order. It won’t be fun, especially if her drinking has caused strife in the family. But this is the time to step up and get her the help she needs. Millions of parents are taking charge and placing their children in inpatient treatment, also known as residential.
This is for a severe alcohol addiction. If it isn’t as severe but could be without intervention, then perhaps outpatient is best for her. But only a medical or mental health professional will know for sure, and this is determined by an assessment.
Know that your daughter isn’t the only one affected. This probably goes without saying. If you have a teen who is addicted to alcohol, then chances are good that you’ve experienced sleepless nights, crying episodes, floor-pacing, arguments, stress, hopelessness, and a myriad of other emotions associated with this addiction.
Help is available for you too, and the rest of the family, in the form of counseling and support groups such as Al-Anon and Alateen.
Support groups are good for parents because parents often feel that they are failures for not recognizing the problem or failing to intervene sooner. You can talk with other parents going through the same thing, and give support to one another.
Your teen will first be detoxed medically, then will enter a comprehensive treatment program that will help her find positive ways to live without alcohol.
This doesn’t happen overnight, but it won’t happen at all if you don’t take that first brave step and pick up your phone.
For help in finding alcohol addiction treatment for your teen, call Recovery.org http://www.recovery.org/topics/find-the-best-inpatient-teen-recovery-centers/