CASE STUDY: Celia in Chalfont St Giles
Here’s the thing. You don’t approve of your teenage daughter’s boyfriend, but to voice your concerns will surely only result in one outcome: a strengthening of her determination to continue the relationship (a digging in of those impossibly high heels!).
But you are convinced that the guy is a “bad apple”, “bad for her” a “bad influence”. His hold over her is increasingly becoming a concern, in fact. Her behaviour is now shaped by him. The way she comes across, her reactions to remarks and situations, her decisions, her attitude… The guy she’s now involved with seems to be somehow determining all of it.
All you want to do is send him packing and to get your darling daughter back (doesn’t seem long since she was playing with Barbie, does it!), but there appears to be no way to do it; other than to bide your time…
Your friends have told you not to interfere, but to simply wait until your daughter realises for herself what a creep her boyfriend is, until she finally decides for herself to finally give him the elbow, to ‘kick her addiction’, which most teenage girls invariably do.
If only dealing with alcohol addiction was that easy
Celia: “There is definitely a similarity between personal relationships and relationships with alcohol, yes. It is such a fine line, isn’t it? If I’d urged my daughter, Hermione, to give up drinking, or to at least reduce the amount she was drinking each week, then I’m absolutely convinced that she would’ve drunk more. And so, as a single mother, I found myself in a seemingly impossible situation. It was only when I discovered alcoholism treatment options for teenagers that I began to see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
But finding out all about Rehab Treatment Clinics is one thing; getting someone you love to actually consider attending one (on a residential or non-residential basis) is quite another.
As Celia discovered…
“Hermione dismissed the idea at first. She actually went ballistic. I was accused of all sorts, even of trying to have her Sectioned, which did make me laugh, I have to say. Teenagers hear terms like Rehab, treatment, and residential clinics, and jump to all the wrong conclusions.”
Note: Rehab Clinics in Surrey, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Scotland, and at other locations across the UK offer:
· Full Residential Care
· Day Patient Care
· Outpatient Treatment Services
· Extended Residential Care, and
· Intervention Assistance
The turning point
Eventually, Celia managed to get Hermione to at least think about seeking help – after a family friend came to the rescue with a great piece of advice: that Hermione be put in touch with other teenage girls her age who had struggled with alcohol abuse, and had found enrolling on an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programme to be life-transforming.
“It was all about making Rehab ‘cool’,” Celia explains. “Hermione connected online on websites like Facebook with others in whom she could see herself. It was a masterstroke to get her to do that. She made new friends, developed a new outlook, and began talking about wanting to go to Rehab more and more, which she eventually did.”
And did Rehab work for Hermione, as it did for her new-found friends?
“Yes, it did. I am not going to lie and say that she came home from Rehab and never touched a drop of alcohol ever again. She has had the occasional wobble. But compared to the amount of alcohol she was drinking prior to treatment, her consumption level now is miniscule. When she goes out at the weekends with her friends, I feel I can trust her to drink sensibly.”