Parents undeniably want the best for their children. They try to give their kids a good start in life and keep them on the right path. However, there are times where some teenage children veer off course and end up doing things they shouldn’t.
For example, they might spend much of their free time partying and ultimately end up with a drinking problem. If that’s something that sounds familiar in your family, know that you’re not alone and that there are ways to help reverse and eradicate the problem.
Understand the Problem
Firstly, you should spend some time with your teenage son or daughter to understand the problem. For the most part, alcohol addiction usually happens because of an underlying issue such as bullying, mental health problems, or abuse from people they know.
Getting angry with your offspring isn’t the way forward. It doesn’t resolve how you’re feeling, nor is it a productive way to tackle the situation. Also, getting angry will almost always make the situation worse for your teenager.
Don’t force the issue with your son or daughter, but do work together with them on a potential treatment plan.
How to Help
You will want to help your teenager overcome their drinking problem. But, how should you help them? As you can imagine, it’s a delicate situation and one that requires you to offer a lot of time, patience, and support.
Start by engaging with organizations like Young People in Recovery that specialize in teenage substance abuse. Look at therapy options, especially if your son or daughter doesn’t feel like they can confide in you about the root sources of their drinking.
If they’ve also got into trouble with the law, such as getting arrested for DUI, consider enlisting the services of specialist lawyers like Takakjian & Sitkoff. After all: the last thing you want is for your son or daughter to end up going to jail instead of getting rehabilitated.
Above all, make sure that your offspring knows that you love them and are there to support them through this challenging journey in their lives.
Reevaluate Your Relationship
The sad truth is that some teenagers drink because they have a less than loving relationship with their parents. Sure, you might work hard to ensure your kids have food on the table and a decent education. But, how often do you show your love to them?
As unfortunate as it sounds, it takes situations like this for parents to reevaluate their relationships with their kids. You may discover some things about yourself that need addressing, such as the need to spend more time with your kids and less time working.
The stress and pressures on parents in everyday life, especially financial ones, can lead to stressful and often harsh relationships with their kids. If that sounds like something which has happened to your family, it’s never too late to put things right.
Alcohol abuse is something no parent wants affecting their families. If it does affect yours, it’s crucial you approach the issue carefully, compassionately, and with the right support.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.