Adolescents with a drinking problem will not listen to anyone. The heavier their addiction, the less likely they are to admit it. They don’t show for warning programs or the drunk driving displays at school. If they do, they stand at the back and grumble to each other.
Addicted teenagers excuse binge drinking and party drinking. They have a thousands ways of passing their peer pressure buck. Does this sound like you?
There are resources for young people who struggle to keep to a positive path. There are ways they can integrate their perceived needs for chemical solutions and their need to live a positive, healthy, personally fulfilling lives.
An insidious thing about addiction is the complex ways in which you are kept blind to the problem. Solutions begin with your ability to identify your problem – and its depth.
There are signs that reasonable teens can recognize in themselves – or those around them. Such teens are likely to:
- Promise to stop or slow the drinking, but they don’t.
- Hurt themselves or other people while or after drinking.
- Become depressed or anxious about drinking.
- Blacked out after drinking but still drink.
- Lose time from school or work, sick as a result of drinking.
- Fight more with or without drinking.
- Commit crimes or be arrested as a result of drinking.
- Lose a job, a relationship, or important personal goal, such as college admission or sports victory.
Young people – young men and woman – need support when they show one or more of these signs. They need a program that nurtures with modern therapies – including 12-step philosophies – plus pro-recovery nutrition. Such a program should:
- Reduce or eliminate cravings
- Restore clear thinking
- Reduce or eliminate anxiety
- Restore sleep
- Relieve depression
Creating a sense of positive and confident change begins with a healthy chemically-balanced brain.The refreshed brain is ready for support and experience in a healthy new way. No teen is so lost to addiction that s/he cannot change, letting go of negative personal beliefs and creating a better life for him or herself.
Integrative outpatient recovery programs bring all the components of recovery to work together, forming a comprehensive program of healing and authentic personal recovery.