Although illegal drug use among teens is declining, alcohol use continues to be a problem for youth in Delaware and throughout the US. The earlier one starts drinking, the more likely they are to become dependent on alcohol. Of those who started drinking before age 13, 40 percent went on to become alcohol dependent. This is compared to only 10 percent who started drinking after age 17.
Another startling statistic is that teens who consume alcohol are at a much higher risk of using cocaine. Alcohol is also the most deadly drug, accounting for six times the number of deaths of those caused by illegal drugs. Alcohol is also readily available, with 63 percent of teenagers claiming that they get alcohol from their own home or from a friend’s home.
Delaware statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration combined data from 2005 to 2008. With a population of 106,000 people in Delaware between the ages of 12 and 20, the statistics show that 29.1 percent had used alcohol in the past month. Nearly 20 percent of those in that same age range had engaged in binge drinking in the past month. Alcohol consumption was most popular among those in the 18-to-20 age range. More than 55 percent had used alcohol in the past month. Bingeing was also at its highest number, at nearly 42 percent.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Although alcohol addiction does not happen overnight, it can happen in just a short period of time. You should be concerned about your Delaware teen if he or she is exhibiting the following signs of alcohol addiction.
They start drinking in the morning.
They are unable to quit drinking.
They need to drink more and more to get the same effect.
They experience withdrawal symptoms if they quit drinking for a period of time.
They have quit hobbies and other activities so they can focus solely on drinking.
They make excuses for their drinking.
Benefits of Alcohol Treatment
Alcoholism is a mental disorder, much like schizophrenia or depression. Therefore, it is very difficult for someone to just quit drinking cold turkey. There are many factors within the brain at play. After continual use, the brain becomes addicted to alcohol. It becomes dependent on it to the point where it cannot function without it. When addiction becomes this extreme, the only effective way to get rid of the addition is to enter a treatment program.
Detoxification is typically one of the first things that will occur in a treatment facility. This involves removing all traces of alcohol from the body. This is a very intense experience that can result in withdrawal symptoms. Some are very severe and can include seizures, tremors, stomach problems, anxiety and sweating.
Delaware treatment programs, and those across the nation, use a combination of therapies and modalities to treat the addiction and make it so the cravings for alcohol decrease. Individual and group counseling sessions are also an integral part of the treatment process. Individual counseling allows counselors to help determine why the patient is turning to alcohol. Group counseling allows patients to talk with others about their addiction and gain support.
Getting Treatment Help for Delaware Teens
Delaware has more than a dozen treatment options throughout the state to help you or your teen get rid of an alcohol or drug addiction. There are many types of treatment options available. If you believe your teen would not consider a traditional treatment program, there are many others to choose from. Many incorporate horse riding, art, poetry, yoga, meditation and sports. There are also treatment facilities for teens only, so your teen can experience the recovery process with other like-minded teens. We understand that every teen is different, which is why there are a variety of treatment methods available. We can help you find the right one. Give us a call today.
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