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There are many options for treatment when it comes to confronting and trying to free youth from their alcohol abuse. Several options are the same that are afforded to adults, for example 12-step programs, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), or even spiritual or church programs. Naturally,the groups do not mix that juveniles with adults since the level of abuse may be entirely differentbut at times, it is good for a teenager who may have an alcohol problem or other substance problem, speak with an adult who may have started their addiction in a similar fashion and then
ADOLESCENT ALCOHOLISM5ultimately shows the adolescent what may become of them if they continue this addictive behavior. Another treatment method is an intervention through motivation enhanced therapy (MET). This is conducted by initial screening if a juvenile is brought into a hospital or emergency room for alcohol related problems (passing out, overdosing, or nausea). During this process, the youngsters are screened based on past and current behavior in addition to the behavior of their parents or caretakers. What this does is opening the door to later treatment options for the family as a whole if there are alcohol problems with the both parent and child or if the parent is not abusing alcohol, this method introduces them to monitoring methods for the child that they may not know how to perform (Becker, Jones, Hernandez, Graves, & Spirito, 2016). This method has had varying effects but in the end it serves as a useful tool for parents to recognize and confront their child if there is an alcohol problem. Parental involvement is a huge factor in the treatment of this problem. Their involvement is critical is raising the self-esteem of their child which in turn helps them overcome some peer pressure and gives them the courage to not give in or even begin to drink (Handren, Donaldson, & Crano, 2016).Engaging a child in extracurricular or church activities is another way to combat substance abuse. Students who are not engaged in outside activities, are likely to engage in substance abuse. A lack of a relationship for a mentor such as a teacher or youth pastor increases their feeling of detachment from their environment and can lead them to experimentation.