Adolescent Treatment Centers Kailua Kona HI

Teens, searching for acceptance, drink for one of three reasons. Fitting in is a major issue for most teenagers. They feel alone and disassociated. Drinking, they feel, is the way to make them fit in with other teens. While it makes them feel accepted, it can also lead to a more empty feeling. This can, in turn, encourage more drinking and sometimes drug use. However, this can be curbed in most instances.

Lokahi Treatment Centers
(808) 331-1175
76-6225 Kuakini Highway
Kailua Kona, HI

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Big Island Substance Abuse Council
(808) 327-4300
74-5000 Puohulihuli Street
Kailua Kona, HI

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Sallee, Nancy
(808) 333-8988
Mango Court Suite 210
Kealakekua, HI

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Jamal Fulani Wasan, NCC, CCMHC, MAC
(808) 883-0922 
Waikoloa, HI

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Salvation Army Addiction Trt Services
(808) 595-6371
3624 Waokanaka Street
Honolulu, HI

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Eggleston, Summer
(808) 327-1711
77-6400 Nalani Street Suite 200
Kailua Kona, HI

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Big Island Substance Abuse Council
(808) 322-3100
81-947 Halekii Street
Kealakekua, HI

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Lokahi Treatment Centers
(808) 883-0922
68-1845 Waikoloa Road
Waikoloa, HI

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Melanie Boehm, NCC
(808) 595-6371 
Honolulu, HI

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Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health
(808) 671-8511
91-2301 Old Fort Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, HI

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What Factors Contribute to Teen Drinking?

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What Factors Contribute to Teen Drinking?

Shyla Martin

Friday, September 14, 2007 I believe there are many factors that contribute to alcohol problems in teens. While there will always be those in any age group who feel the need to gorge themselves on this potentially harmful liquid, I feel that many teens would choose another route if it were offered to them.

Most teens feel lonely, disillusioned, and disconnected from their peers and the world around them. They don't realize that what they are feeling is normal, that all of their friends feel the same way. They are looking for anything to cling to, to make them feel more normal and mainstream. That is why peer pressure is so volatile.

Teens, searching for acceptance, drink for one of three reasons. Fitting in is a major issue for most teenagers. They feel alone and disassociated. Drinking, they feel, is the way to make them fit in with other teens. While it makes them feel accepted, it can also lead to a more empty feeling. This can, in turn, encourage more drinking and sometimes drug use. However, this can be curbed in most instances. Getting your teenagers involved in activities outside of school is a big help. Theaters are always looking for volunteers for set and costume production. There are sports, church groups, and many other ways of getting teenagers involved. With involvement comes self-esteem.

Some teenagers feel that their life isn't as good as it should be. They feel abandoned and isolated, and they want to forget about their troubles. Drinking is their way of doing just that. However, letting them know that they are not alone, that life does get better, will improve their chances of staying drug and alcohol free.

Many teens simply try alcohol as an experiment. Keeping it forbidden often makes a teen want to keep trying it, even if they don't like it. While many people think it's a bad idea, my family gave me alcohol. Growing up we always had wine at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Of co...

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