Treatment for Alcoholism –Plan, Program and Options

Adolescent Alcohol Treatment

Adolescent alcohol treatment can be a bit trickier than trying to help an adult quit drinking. Adolescent still have their whole lives ahead of them and feel like they probably have a few more years to mess up and they can always catch up later. They may not have had enough time drinking to have had enough tragedies happen because of their alcohol abuse. They may not see the potential for messing up their lives so bad. They could have seen what happened to other people, but think that it will never happen to them. Adolescents still have cockiness in them that may prevent them from wanting to listen to adults about how they need to live their lives. They think that they know better and that they are just having fun and can control themselves if they really want to. Adding to this problem is the fact that a lot of people their age will be partaking in partying and they do not want to look at the rest of their lives without having as much fun.

On the flip side, adolescents may want to stop their drinking problem before it costs them too much and before they blow too many opportunities. Older people may feel that they have lived their lives and don’t have it in front of them anymore so what’s the use in trying. It really just depends on the person and how they view life and the opportunities it brings.

When helping an adolescent quit alcohol, the parents will be a key factor. The young person is getting alcohol from somewhere and the parents are not monitoring their child well enough to keep them from their habit. A person is considered to be an adolescent until the age of 18. Until they reach the age of 18 they are required by law to follow their parents’ rules. The parents are also required by law to provide food shelter and clothing for their children.

The parents have to make sure that their child is not hanging out with bad influences. They also have to be careful not to give them too much freedom. The frontal lobes of the human brain do not fully develop until a person is in their mid twenties. This is the part of the brain that controls impulse control and delay of satisfaction. This is why younger people need direction from adults and have to be guided while making certain adult decisions, like drinking.

These home situations have to be handled before one can expect adolescent alcohol treatment to do any good. If the child returns to a home where they are not monitored and are allowed to have control of their own lives, they will most certainly make the same bad decisions.