Articles in Category: Intervention Questions

Reed from Long Beach, CA writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Reed, writes:
Cindy, I have a couple of drinks every day after work to feel good and ease my mind. At what point does consumption of alcohol become alcoholism?

Cindy, writes:
Reed, to be honest, there is no litmus test. Although, using alcohol to feel good is often the beginning stage of alcoholism. So, if you drink to feel good, you should ask yourself if you can also feel at ease without alcohol.

Dylan from Memphis, TN writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Dylan, writes:
Cindy, my 19 year old son has been using drugs on a weekly basis for at least 2 months. Today I contacted my health insurance provider about sending him to rehab; they will only cover out-patient care. What does this mean?

Cindy, writes:
Dylan, generally outpatient care is very structured, with psychotherapy and family therapy. These programs require that the teen spend 8 hours or more during the day at the facility, but the teen is home at night. Day treatment programs usually have the same features (individual, group, and family counseling) as inpatient programs. But day treatment normally costs less.

Sarah from Orlando, FL writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Sarah, writes:
Cindy, our son completed rehab 3 months ago and had 4 months sober. Yesterday he relapsed after his girlfriend broke up with him. Is relapse common?

Cindy, writes:
Getting a teen to stop using alcohol is only the first step. Alcohol use fills an emotional need. That need has to be satisfied in a healthy way for your teen to be able to stop drinking. Relapsing after treatment is common. It's not considered a treatment failure. Most relapses occur within the first 3 months after treatment. Most often, teens need to go through treatment more than once and follow a long recovery process.

Tonya from Austin, TX writes:

on Thursday, 19 July 2012.

Tonya, writes:
Cindy, my 15 year old daughter has been sneaking out on weekends and coming home intoxicated. Should I seek treatment?

Cindy, writes:
Tonya, some form of treatment is needed. Your daughter’s drinking may be related to emotional or self-esteem problems. Find activities that she can substitute for drinking. Treatment will help her to stop using alcohol. Family counseling should also be a part of treatment.