Repeated use and increased amounts of alcohol can lead to addiction and its many dangerous consequences. In addition to health risks, driving under the influence is responsible for many traffic accidents and fatalities. Adolescent alcoholism can stem from peer pressure and the portrayal of alcohol in the media, which romanticizes drinking but tends not to portray the consequences. Teens who drink to excess are more likely to develop into problem drinkers as adults. To prevent alcoholism and health consequences that continue into adulthood, an adolescent who drinks excessively requires treatment and alcohol rehab.
Sovereign Health is dedicated to treating both the cause and symptoms of alcohol abuse along with any co-occurring mental illnesses. Rehabilitation for alcohol abuse has multiple levels. Our addiction treatment specialists are empathetic toward and knowledgeable of the specific challenges facing teenagers who are addicted to alcohol. In our alcohol treatment programs, we deploy cognitive behavioral, family and group therapies to help with the emotional difficulties stemming from and causing substance abuse.
The Stages and Dangers of Alcohol Abuse
Despite the rise of other drugs as targets of abuse, teenagers still commonly abuse alcohol to their physical, mental, financial and legal detriment. Recognizing the signs of alcohol abuse in children may help stop the behavior before the worst consequences of addiction set in.
Adults are not the only ones susceptible to alcohol addiction: Many teenagers struggle with it as well. For teens in the United States — meaning adolescents from the ages of 12 to 17 — alcohol is the substance used most often. Alcohol addiction is diagnosed when it is determined that a person has developed a negative pattern of alcohol use leading to a number of problems.
Alcohol Addiction Can Be Divided Into Five Main Stages:
- Access to alcohol
- Beginning to use alcohol
- Increased use
- Regular usage
- Alcohol dependence
The younger people are when they start drinking, the more likely they are to develop a problem. Alcohol addiction in teens raises the risk of car accidents, a higher school dropout rate, increased suicide attempts and other drug use.
Symptoms of Adolescent Alcohol Addiction
The symptoms and signs of a teen abusing alcohol can include changes in behavior, personal appearance, school habits and more. Other signs of alcohol abuse include:
- Changes in overall personality
- Hiding stashes of alcohol
- Excessive need for privacy
- Moodiness, irritability, nervousness, oversensitivity or resentful behavior
- Overall poor hygiene
- Messy or careless appearance
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Drop in grades
- Defiance toward authority and complaints from teachers
- Truancy and loss of interest in schoolwork
- Loss of interest in school activities, hobbies or sports
- Withdrawal from family members
- Disengagement from family activities
- Change in friends and/or secrecy about new friends