When Your Child Drinks

How to help your child overcome alcohol abuse
When Your Child Drinks

"It's not my alcohol, Mom. I'm just keeping it for a friend."

As a counselor who has worked with teenagers for more than 20 years, let me tell you the truth: Those words aren't it. Teenagers can come up with a million excuses for whose alcohol you've just discovered in their room and why they have it. When it's your child, you'd much rather believer a lie than the painful truth that your child has been drinking.

The lies didn't start with the cover-up either. They started at the beginning: the very first time your child purchased alcohol from an older high school student or even drank the first sip at a party. As alcohol experimentation gets heavier, so does the lying. They're crafty, these teenagers. A group of high school students told me just last week that there are now bras made with special pouches to hold alcohol. There are even fake tampons that are really just very small flasks! They carry it in water bottles and disguise it in antibacterial hand gel containers. There's no shortage of ways teenagers using alcohol or drugs can pull the wool over their parents' eyes.

As alcohol experimentation gets heavier, so does the lying.

Three critical factors

At our counseling ministry, we tell parents often that there are three reasons teens may choose not to experiment with drugs and alcohol:

  1. They have their own sense of faith that drives them to make good choices.

  2. They have a group of friends who are making good choices and applying positive peer pressure.

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Sissy Goff

Sissy Goff is a TCW regular contributor. She spends most of her days talking with girls and their families as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. She is also the author of six books, including Intentional Parenting, as well as the video curriculum, Raising Boys and Girls. Follow her blog at RaisingBoysAndGirls.com.

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