Treating Adolescent Alcohol Addiction in Los Angeles
Cases of teen alcohol addiction in Los Angeles and the United States have continued to rise. Despite the awareness and dangers posed by adolescents who drink alcohol, teenagers continue to illegally consume alcohol, regardless of the long-term effects on their brains and overall health.
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Statistics on alcohol consumption in the USA
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Authority (SAMHSA) has been investigating the trend in alcohol use, and the findings include:
- A third of teenagers take alcohol before they turn 15.
- 11% of alcoholic beverages in the US are consumed by people aged between 12 and 20.
- Seven million respondents aged between 12 and 20 admitted to drinking alcohol.
- 60% of teenagers drink alcohol by the age of 18.
After interviewing the teens, the researchers concluded that teenagers were more likely to engage in binge drinking than adults.
Alcohol consumption was responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries over the years. In 2011. Alcoholism was responsible for 4,300 deaths among people under 21 years of age and 188,000 injuries.
Do teenagers have a higher risk of alcoholism?
A teenager’s brain is not fully developed, making it sensitive and at greater risk of damage than that of an adult. Second, a teenager’s body cannot tolerate a high amount of alcohol compared to an adult.
What are the risks of teenage alcoholism?
According to SAMHSA, drinking alcohol carries health and social risks. The following are the risks of being an alcoholic in your teens:
- High risk of sexual harassment.
- Alcoholism has a negative effect on school performance.
- It leads to impairment of the brain, which leads to poor coordination and judgment.
- Injuries and deaths can occur.
- Increased risk of addiction.
- What drives teenagers into alcoholism?
There has been a lot of discussion about what drives teenagers into alcohol, and after doing some research we have found legal reasons for this practice.
- Peer pressure: Adolescents often struggle with appreciation and the fear of missing out due to peer pressure. They use alcohol to look trendy and “cool” like their drinking peers.
- Stress and Stress Disorders: Adolescents may indulge in alcoholism in order to cope with stress and stress disorders. Before they realize it, the teenager becomes part of the statistics of alcohol dependence.
- Observation: Most teenagers like to experiment with what their seniors do, including drinking. If their parents are alcoholics, a teenager is likely to become a drunkard.
- Easy access to alcohol: Easy access to alcohol drives adolescents to consume alcohol. Adolescents get alcohol from family members and friends.
What are the signs of alcoholism?
A clinical diagnosis determines whether an adolescent is addicted to alcohol. However, there are obvious signs that indicate alcohol addiction, including:
- Mood swings: An alcoholic describes mood swings that range from high irritability to anxiety or depression.
- Change in peer group: The teenager changes his peer group and joins those who tolerate his behavior. If the teenager’s peer group includes cyclists, they could join other teenagers who want to party.
- Lack of concentration: Young people become less attentive in class or at home. Loss of attention after a short time becomes a common phenomenon and they gradually lose their memory.
- Abnormalities in physical activity: Alcohol addicts can also show coordination problems. The most common abnormalities include speech disorders, poor motor coordination and abnormal behavior.
- Reduced self-care: Alcohol-addicted teenagers also become carefree and disorganized and may go days without showering, pressing their clothes and brushing their hair.
- Rebellion: Once a teenager becomes addicted to alcohol, he can rebel and challenge any advice or confrontation.
- Drop-in performance at school: As soon as a teenager becomes addicted to alcohol, his school grades drop significantly. Ironically, the teenager shows no signs of concern about the drop. In the worst-case scenario, they could drop out of school.
- Lethargy: Alcohol impairs the brain and body tissues, making the person feel lethargic. They can change from active activity to a full-day idle.
Once a teenager shows these signs, it is advisable to seek professional advice to manage the addiction.
What are the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction in adolescents?
The cessation of alcohol consumption after addiction is complicated due to the risk of withdrawal symptoms. Here are the main withdrawal symptoms of teenage alcohol addiction:
- Shaking hands
- Nausea and vomiting
At this stage, it is difficult to quit alcohol. Severe withdrawals can lead to hallucinations, anger, and paranoia.
Managing Adolescent Alcohol Addiction
The following are some of the best practices to combat alcohol addiction:
- Schools should set up a counseling program to educate young people about the risks of alcohol use and to teach young people the benefits of avoiding alcohol and other drugs.
- Parents and guardians should warn teenagers about the use of alcohol, and precautions about how they should behave during this time should be accompanied by rules.
- The authorities should establish clear rules on alcohol consumption and the effects of alcoholism on underage adolescents.
Additional preventive measures taken by parents include:
- Monitoring peers
- Be a role model by drinking responsibly or not drinking at home
- Taking the time to advise young people on life and decisions
- Involving young people in constructive activities
Los Angeles Teen Alcohol Treatment
At Key Transitions, our teen alcohol treatment program offers group therapy which encourages clients to actively participate in their recovery in a safe, supportive environment. We use evidence-based, cutting-edge, and diverse approaches including mindfulness, family system, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions.
In addition to IOP, we offer individual therapy, medication evaluation, and monitoring, relapse prevention groups, and family. We provide urine drug screens, reports for formal litigation processes, and collaborative care with other providers on your treatment team. That’s what makes Key special- we have your whole team under one roof that knows your story and can collaborate to work out what’s the best treatment path for you.
Throughout the duration of the Teen IOP, you will attend group meetings and individual counseling to explore the root of your substance abuse problems. The group program focuses on providing skills and advice to cope with those core issues. The main goal of this essential service is to encourage people to actively practice implementing a host of skills in a supportive, didactic environment.