More on Teen Alcoholism Treatment
I think the trick with a teenager though is for it not to get to that level where things are so bad that treatment like rehab has to be the immediate option.
Ideally you want the kind of relationship with your teenager so that they feel comfortable and safe enough to talk to you about most things - so that if they feel they're getting themselves into trouble, they feel that they can come and talk to you about it.
Otherwise the lying and covering up can become so entrenched - and the addiction so bad in the meantime - that it might be too late before you find out. Because you often hear parents saying, ‘I had no idea.’
Having that kind of open relationship with your teenager realistically doesn't always happen, so in those cases what do you do? As a parent you want to be firm but fair - and give your teenager enough space to experience and live their life as any normal teenager should.
Because if you're overly strict or controlling they're simply going to do what they want anyway - but you're going to end up alienating them, which is the last thing you want.
So you need to know what to look for. If you recognise the Signs of Teenage Drug Addiction or alcoholism - speak to your teenager about your concerns and try to get them to open up about what's going on.
That's obviously not always going to work so you might have to play hardball and use tough love. It's about having the wisdom to know when to do what - and that I unfortunately can't give you.
If your child is addicted to a highly addictive substance like heroin or methamphetamines (speed) for example, then you have to use tough love and insist on treatment straight away because these kinds of substances are so dangerous.
Make sure you read the Drug and Alcoholism Addiction Treatment Section of this site thoroughly so that you understand what treatment involves because that should ultimately be your goal if your teenager has a genuine addiction or is using a highly addictive substance.
Because I'm not there I can't say for sure how bad things are. So when it comes to teen alcoholism treatment and teen drug addiction treatment, you need to use your own wisdom and decide what you think is best for your child. If you tune in to what is going on in your child's life, I think you'll know what to do.
Being aware of the escalating problem of Over The Counter Drug Abuse and
Prescription Drug Abuse currently effecting teenagers is something you also need to watch out for.
If you notice signs of Teenage Alcohol Abuse in your child, waste no time in trying to talk to them about it, and eventually bring them in for treatment.
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