Adolescent alcohol addiction is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. At Family First Adolescent Services, we understand the unique challenges teenagers face and offer specialized treatment plans to address these concerns. Our team of compassionate professionals provides a structured environment that promotes wellness, education, and recovery.
With a staff-to-client ratio of 3:1, we are able to provide personalized care and support to each teen, ensuring their needs are met and their progress is closely monitored. We communicate directly with parents at least three times per week to deliver progress updates—our case managers are also available 24/7 via text. Call 888.904.5947 to find help for your teen in our residential adolescent substance abuse treatment programs in Florida.
Why Do Teens Drink?
Teens may turn to alcohol for a variety of reasons, including peer pressure, curiosity, stress relief, or simply wanting to fit in with their peers. Some teenagers may also use alcohol as a form of self-medication to cope with underlying mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
Expressing challenging feelings is especially hard for teens as they are in a stage of life where they are still developing their sense of self and navigating parental expectations. Alcohol can temporarily numb these feelings and provide a false sense of relief.
The Dangers of Adolescent Alcohol Addiction
Adolescent alcohol addiction can have severe consequences on a teenager’s physical and mental health.
Since teens are still developing, their bodies are at a higher risk of immediate physical effects of alcohol abuse, including:
- Impaired brain development leads to issues with memory, decision-making, and impulse control
- Liver damage
- Weakened immune system
- Increased risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities due to impaired judgment and coordination
Friends and others around teens are also at risk if the teen who has been drinking drives or engages in other hazardous activities.
Mental Health Dangers
Adolescent alcohol abuse can also trigger or exacerbate underlying mental health issues, such as:
- Depression and anxiety
- Increased risk of developing a substance use disorder
- Decreased school performance and attendance
- Relationship problems with family and friends
Alcohol addiction is a challenging, isolating condition for anyone at any age. For teens still mentally and physically developing, it can be even harder.
Our Holistic Approach to Alcohol Addiction Treatment
At Family First, we believe in a holistic approach to adolescent alcohol addiction treatment. We address not only the addiction but also any underlying issues and traumas, focusing on the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of each teen. Our team also engages with the family to create a healthier, more compassionate support system at home.
Teen Alcohol Addiction Treatment
The residential program at our South Florida center is focused on helping teens quit drinking while exploring the underlying reasons they chose to start in the first place. Our comprehensive approach includes:
- Evidence-based and experiential therapy
- Medication management
- Trauma-informed care
- Academic support
- Family counseling
During their stay at our safe campus, teens learn how to express their emotions in a healthy way and develop coping strategies to deal with stressors without turning to alcohol. They also participate in fun, therapeutic activities like equine therapy and art therapy.
Parents of teens at Family First will also engage in regular family therapy and parental support groups. Supporting a teen during addiction recovery requires a dedication to healing the entire family unit. Our team equips parents with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to better understand their child’s struggles and provide a positive and nurturing environment at home.
After a teen completes treatment, we provide at least 12 months of aftercare support. This allows for a smooth transition back into daily life and provides additional resources for continued recovery.
Call Family First for Adolescent Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Florida
Don’t wait any longer to get your teenager the help they need for alcohol addiction. Contact Family First Adolescent Services online or by calling 888.904.5947 today to find help in our adolescent alcohol addiction treatment program in South Florida. We are here to support and guide both teens and their families toward a healthier, happier future.