Eight out of 10 kids drink alcohol, which is considered one of the main risk factors for disability and premature mortality for young people. According to the World Health Organization, excess alcohol is the cause of one in four deaths in the age group between 15 and 29 years. Additionally, the consumption of alcohol at a young age is associated with an increased risk of later drug abuse and depressive disorders in adult life.
The most important step for parents is recognizing the red flags and getting help.
Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs?
Each drug has its own special events, but there are some general guiding principles that we can distinguish when a person is abusing drugs;
• Sudden change of behavior
• Impaired attention
• Mood swings, irritable and grumpy before, then suddenly happy and lively
• Avoids family members
• Irrespective of personal hygiene
• Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities
• Changing the routine of sleep, waking at night and sleeps during the day
• Red Eyes or begins wearing sunglasses
Triggers leading to Teen Alcoholism
While every son or daughter is unique the reasons behind teen alcoholism and addiction are common. Drinking triggers are events, moods, people, times, thoughts, or places that lead a person to drink. At the point when a certain trigger occurs, your teen is signaled that a drink will help him or her deal with the issue. Although everyone is unique, some triggers are fairly common. School, divorce, death, and a host of other circumstances can become triggers for your teen.
What are the Damages of Alcoholism?
Alcoholism involves great damage to the body such as: gastritis, liver disease, pancreatitis, vitamin deficiencies, and epilepsy. We distinguish between acute intoxication (due to the effect of alcohol on the disinheriting and later depressive central nervous system) and chronic intoxication (for long-term abuse of alcohol, personality changes and psychotic disturbances).
Seeking Help for Teen Addiction
Parents will go through a range of various feelings including trying to fix bad behaviors, arguing about the problems, and protecting their teen but when all is said and done, you will discover your teen needs professional help to recover. Why? Because old habits die hard. You don’t simply kick the habit overnight.
To successfully recover from alcohol abuse and drug addiction teens must identify and overcome the triggers that lead to destructive behaviors. Only when these problems are faced can teens truly recover.