Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Dallas
It has been found since 2013 that nearly 20% of eighth-grade students have had access to and have consumed alcohol. These findings have also shown that more than 50% of all senior high school students have tried their share of alcoholic beverages as well. The availability of alcohol in addition to the restriction set on its use has only increased the level of abuse in adolescents and teens based on social and societal pressures. At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Dallas, many of the adolescents that take part in our treatment programs talk about the recreational participation with alcohol that has allowed them acceptance into specific groups.
Recreational Use Turns Into Addiction
Because adolescents come to learn acceptance comes from doing things they’re not supposed to, means illicit drugs and other harmful substances that alter the mind and function, are experimented with all the time. What can begin as something new elicit and ‘fun’ to try with friends, can turn into a coping mechanism for other things like family trouble, problems at school and peer relationships. Addiction develops into the physical need for alcohol and the effects it had physically or mentally. Teens and children begin to use alcohol as a crutch for things in their lives they have difficulty dealing with.
We define addiction as something that interferes with the normal things in life such as the participation in school and other responsibilities that are essential to adolescent development. Being active and the relationships between family and friends are sacrificed because of the learned need for alcohol to function for these children. Before addiction becomes lifelong and part of their lifestyle for too long, we must treat the addiction. The fact that they have completely missed out on developing the cognitive skills they require not to depend on substances, is future prevention these issues will continue later in life.
At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Dallas, we want parents and adolescents to understand that alcohol abuse blocks the experiences they need to develop into healthy, functional adults. Treatment for alcohol abuse rooted in this belief that the need for this substance is false, and we can teach children that there is so much more to life they have yet to experience. It’s important to understand the quick transition from recreational use of a substance into full-blown addiction over time if left untreated.
Problems With Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol consumption in the adolescent population offers a false sense of connection between peers since drinking doesn’t provide the connection at all, but simply a facade of social acceptance. Whether or not many children and teens understand the negative repercussions that underage drinking can have on their lives, the emotional, physical and social side effects will eventually be revealed. The use of alcohol affects everything from school grades, participation within the community, family relationships to social abilities and overall health.
Alcohol addiction gets in the way of living life as it should be lived for adolescents. The ability for alcohol to come between things that make a kid just that, stands out and is the main reason why those that experience alcohol addiction as adults that much more impacted and difficult to treat. Alcohol can bring about certain experiences that can drastically change lives, and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to more of these dangers than they realize such as driving while under the influence and early death.
Behavioral, emotional and cognitive functions are altered while under the influence which makes alcohol a scary thing for parents and adolescents that are unaware. We understand that some of our clients have experienced many of these uncomfortable situations already and need help to work through any post-traumatic stress with counseling and group therapies.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction:
- Withdrawal from family
- Mood changes
- Decreased activity (lethargic constantly)
- Altered social interactions (changing groups or relationships with friends)
- Changes in school performance (drop in grades and involvement)
- Inability to perform usual responsibilities
- Asking for more money than usual
- Argumentative and confrontational attitude
- Problems with the law or at school (fighting, substance abuse while driving, theft)
- Inability to remember or understand certain things
- Smelling of alcohol
- Concentration issues
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in appetite
- Redness around the eyes, a tired look
Blend of Family, Community and Individual Therapy
The increase in adolescent drinking over the years demonstrates the inability of families to connect with these children and teens, increased taboo surrounding alcohol consumption and community detachment. At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, we look to bring together all aspects of alcohol recovery therapy that is well rounded and combines the methodology of impact on the community, family connection and the inner relationship between the child and alcohol abuse. We combine individual and group therapies all bound by a 12-step modality of treatment, flanked by cognitive behavioral therapy that is heavily rooted in the development of relationships between adolescents and their families, friends and community.
At Visions, we help adolescents develop a strong foundation of support and nurturing, so they understand they are not alone in their addiction. Addiction is fostered in feelings of isolation, self-deprecation and hopelessness, but this isn’t the way to embrace wellness and enrichment. By incorporating family involvement, addressing familial conflicts, resolution, and life skills therapy, we can begin to instill confidence and to encourage communication between adolescents and their families. Community involvement will further encourage awareness and social development so that children understand their responsibilities to themselves, their families and their community. Alcohol causes many serious problems that affect more than just those addicted.
Alcohol Treatments at Visions:
- Residential program
- Outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Individual counseling
- Dual diagnosis
- Group therapy
- 12-step programs
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Teen trauma assessment
- Much more
Call Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers today at 866-889- 3665 to learn more about addiction diagnosis, treatment programs and to understand the signs and symptoms. Don’t let alcohol take hold of you or your loved one’s life; we can help you find the road to success in a safe and nurturing environment.