Alcoholism Treatment For Teen Alcohol Abuse

There have been a number of studies conducted on the effects of both short term and long term use of alcohol among adults.  Long term dangers may include liver damage, pancreatitis, cancer, and brain damage.  Alcoholism is considered the second leading cause of dementia. However, professionals today are worried about a steady increase in teen alcohol abuse and the possible long term negative health effects that this may cause.  Alcoholism treatment for teenagers and young adults is a field that is rapidly growing and may become one of the leading sources of treatment for addiction.

Addiction Treatment Is Important

Adolescence is a time when the body is undergoing many changes, including hormonal alterations and important brain development.  It is also a time when young people start to associate more with friends and associates outside of their childhood contacts.  They feel a need to ‘get with the in-crowd’ in order to be a part of the right social scene. This can be confusing for many young people to understand and cope with.  Sometimes their ability to make safe decisions is suspect due to their lack of emotional maturity. Exposing the brain to alcohol during this period may interrupt important processes of brain development, leading to cognitive impairment that will prevent them from having success at school and in preparing for a career of their choice. For this reason addiction treatment is important and should be sought out as soon as problems begin to manifest themselves.
Early alcohol abuse can have long lasting consequences that many young people can't anticipate.  Without effective addiction therapy young people may find themselves at the mercy of a disease that can ruin their futures, their relationships with everyone they love and can possibly kill them. Individuals who begin drinking before age 16 are five times more likely to become alcoholics at some time in their lives compared to those who have their first drink at age 21 or older.  It is not clear yet whether starting to drink at an early age actually causes alcoholism, but the fact remains that there is a correlation between early drinking and alcoholism.  Environmental factors may also be involved, especially in families where children  start drinking because of easy access to alcohol in their home.