We are a group of drug and alcohol free teens, but not all of us have always been that way. Our friend, Thomas, used to have a drinking problem. Ever since he started drinking his father’s whiskey in secret when he was 14, he developed an alcohol habit. Luckily, last year he was able to go to rehab at The Recovery Village and seek treatment. After going through the program, he was able to find something new to live for, a new hope.
There is a misconception that teens can’t have drinking problems. Afterall, they aren’t even old enough to drink legally. However, this is not the case. Thomas is the perfect example. There are many teens who not only have drinking problems but are in need of rehabilitation and recovery programs.
There is nothing wrong with seeking help if you feel you have a drinking problem. In fact, it’s much better that you seek treatment now than it would be for you to have years of drinking before you admitted that you needed help. Attending a rehabilitation program may be the step that you need to take so that you can become a vibrant drug and alcohol free teen.
Most teens who drink will not be willing to admit they have a drinking problem, but the truth is, any teen who drinks has a problem. Teens should not be drinking at all. Alcohol can greatly impair your judgment and cause you to do things you otherwise wouldn’t do. Alcohol can be horrible for your health as well. There are a ton of negative effects that alcohol has on your body, your life, and your overall sense of wellbeing.
Ever since Thomas gave up drinking, he has been much happier. Now, he goes to church, he plays saxophone, and he has a lot of friends. He is doing a lot better. When you make the choice to stop drinking, you are able to give your life so much more meaning.
God has only given us one life, one body. It’s our job to take care of that body. Drinking alcohol is like drinking poison. It’s treating our bodies carelessly. If you are a teenager who drinks alcohol, I would strongly encourage you to stop. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help and treatment. There are plenty of programs designed specifically to help teens.