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Alcoholism: Treatment for Teenagers

The treatment for teens is the same as the treatment for adults with alcohol abuse problems. If you are not sure how much your teenager is drinking, the first step is to get your teenager to talk to you or to someone about their alcohol consumption.  Individual therapy is an excellent first step to getting your teenager the help that they need. 

Individual therapy will provide them with the opportunity to talk to a professional that can assess the level of the drinking problem, which can help determine the intensity of the treatment that they need.  (See our treatment for alcohol link

Therapy adds as a means of support of individuals struggling with alcohol addiction.  It is a place in which people can learn more about themselves, their emotions, and learn to communicate their needs with others.  Teenagers learn new behaviors for dealing with problems and emotions.  They also learn productive coping skills and become stronger individuals. 

Therapy is also an excellent means of helping families grow together by building on relationships through communication.

Parents learn new skills that will help them interact with the teenager in more effective ways as well as gain the support they need as they are helping their teen work through their issues.  Families learn how to work together in healthier ways that will promote overall health for everyone.  

Neurofeedback has been found to help with the recovery process.  More research is being conducted on the effectiveness of neurofeedback in the recovery process. The research that has been done has indicated that the use of neurofeedback in addition to the other treatments is more effective at maintaining recovery during the first year after treatment. 

In the study by William C. Scott, et al.,121 participants from a residential treatment program participated in a study to determine effectiveness of neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) in helping addicts finish treatment and maintain sobriety during the first year.  The results of the study indicated that individuals receiving neurofeedback stayed in treatment significantly longer than those not receiving treatment and 77% of the individuals that received neurofeedback remained sober during the first year compared to 44% of the individuals that did not receive neurofeedback.  ( see our link page and go to neurofeedback and addiction article to learn more about this study) 

Alpha-stem or Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

CES is the application of low-level, pulse electrical currents applied to the head for psychological purposes. 

It is FDA approved for the treatment of situation and chronic anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress-related and drug addiction disorders, as well as treating pain.  It is a simple treatment that can be used at any time. 

The client simply attaches clip-electrodes to the ears.  The reduction of anxiety usually occurs during the first treatment, but can also be seen hours later or even the next day. Cranial electrotherapy allows you to be alert yet in a relaxed state, or an alpha state. 

People have stated that they feel lighter, relaxed, and their minds are more alert.  This is the result of the production of alpha waves.  Different brain waves are associated with different mental states. Alpha waves are associated with the state of being alter and relaxed. 

CES can be used in conjunction with medication. However it maybe necessary to reduce the dosage of the medication while using CES.  It is important to consult with your doctor before you reduce or stop your medication. Any adjustment to medication needs to be done under the supervision of a doctor. 

More information on Alcoholism

  • Alcoholism Overview
  • Is there a cure for alcoholism?
  • What are the signs of alcoholism?
  • Alcoholism Treatment Options
  • Alcoholism Therapy
  • Alcoholism and Teenagers
    • Alcohol consumption during adolescence may cause permanent damage to the certain key areas of the brain. Read more about alcoholism in teenagers
  • Tips for Parents regarding Alcohol
    • Discuss the facts of alcohol and read about other tips for parents regarding alcoholism

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