Trying new things is part of the process of growing up. Many teens will try a drink at some point and chances are a few of them will make regrettable decisions along the way. If your teen does more than make an isolated exploratory mistake and instead begins to rely on alcohol to get through the day, you should seek help for them. Many teens use alcohol as a way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, or mask a negative self-image. However, alcoholism can lead teens down a dark path of poor decision making and life-risking behavior. No matter what the reason is, if your teen has an alcohol addiction, help them cope by following these helpful steps and seeking alcoholism treatment.
- Lay Down Rules: Clearly state the expectations you have of your teen along with the consequences of not following them. Enforce the rules you set and ensure that the consequences are enough that it’s not worth the risk on their part.
- Express How You Feel: You should emphasize to your teen the way you feel about underage drinking. However, avoid making it too much of a lecture or a threat. The rules you impose will work as a deterrent, so use your words to express how their drinking makes you feel.
- Monitor Their Activity: Many teens have an easy time finding alcohol. Lock your cabinets at home so that they can’t access alcohol within your house. Check routine hiding places such as drawers, between folded clothes, and in the closet. Also monitor who they associate with and encourage them to find more positive influences if they are spending time around unsavory people.
- Encourage Other Activities: You have the power to expose your teen to healthy and fulfilling activities and hobbies. Sports and after-school clubs are two of the many suggestions you can make that will keep your teen occupied and happy without the presence of alcohol.
If your teen has an alcohol addiction, contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Sundown M Ranch. Call us at (509) 654-9033 or visit our website today to learn how we can help your teen move in the direction of a healthy and fulfilling alcohol-free lifestyle.