Find Crystal Lake (IL) Recovery Facilities
In July of 2012, police in Crystal Lake, Illinois arrested four young people for illegal possession and consumption of alcohol. The legal age at which people may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages is 21.
This is not unusual, but it highlights the problem of underage drinking. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 70 percent of teens have tried alcohol by the time they reach 18 years old. Much of this involves binge drinking, which in turn can lead to:
- Risky behaviors (such as unprotected sex)
- Declining academic performance and mental impairment
- Stunted physical growth
- Violence and injury
- Alcohol poisoning
In addition, the younger a person starts drinking, the more likely it is that they will experience lifelong alcohol dependency. If you suspect that your son or daughter is abusing alcohol or any other substance, it’s important to intervene and seek professional help in Crystal Lake.Items to Take to a Rehab Program
Depending on the serious of the situation, your child may require a residential treatment program. There are certain items that they will need to bring to the center, including enough clothing for seven to 10 days (most facilities offer laundry services), personal items such as grooming supplies, toothpaste and toothbrush, and suitable reading material. Be advised that most treatment centers have dress codes. In addition, many centers do not allow patients to bring cell phones or laptops.
Starting an Intervention
If you suspect your son or daughter of abusing alcohol, or have noticed indications of substance abuse, it is important to ask about it – and choose the time and place carefully. Do not do this when one of you is angry, and do not attempt to engage your child when they are preparing to go somewhere.
Locate Rehabilitation Centers in Crystal Lake
For help finding a substance abuse program in Crystal Lake, call us today to speak to a counselor. We can help you find a program that will work for you or your child.