When bright young teens go off to college, every parent hopes it will be the start of a promising future. The new students experience some anxiety along with a new sense of independence, which can lead to experimenting with alcohol
or drugs. Studies about the facts of college alcohol and drug abuse
show that this is a recipe for an early onset of alcoholism and drug addiction, and parents may get a surprise when their babies come home for the holidays.
The signs are always there. If alcohol
and drug abuse
is unacceptable in a family, returning teens will do everything possible to hide it. When parents are okay with the use of alcohol or drugs, the homecoming may just require a reduction in daily use, so as to not reveal a problem. So, chances are, if your child came home drinking when they hadn’t before college, what you see them drink may just be a mask to hide the ugliness of bigger problem.
When college students get into the habit of drinking or using drugs to “let off steam” or “take the edge off”, they are learning to self-medicate. This can be dangerous if alcohol or drugs become a coping mechanism and not just an occasional respite. When emotions or stressors arise, the option to deal with them will diminish as the option to escape with substances will become more common. They don’t learn to work through problems and become dependent on the chemical solution at the same time.
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Parents need to watch for the signs and intervene when they appear. Lead off with a loving statement that you just want to make sure there isn’t a problem. Maybe they just need to talk to someone and understand that stress and emotions are natural things to deal with. If there is indeed is a problem, you may be surprised with a big hug and a plea for help. In either case, to not bring it up out of fear over a possible confrontation is a big price to pay for the health of your loved one.
Here at Tarzana Treatment Centers we talk to people every day who desperately need alcohol and drug treatment
, and others who are just going through stressful times who need a little therapy. We provide substance use and mental health treatment for all levels of care. If you are a college student and you are worried about your alcohol or drug use, or have a loved one who is, please call us today.
Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California
in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.