Chapman Medical Center’s Positive Achievement Center
Warns Local Families of the Dangers of Underage Drinking
ORANGE, Calif.—Alcohol is the drug of choice for most teens, experts report. In fact, teens use alcohol more frequently and heavily than all other illicit drugs combined. In an effort to combat underage drinking, Chapman Medical Center’s Positive Achievement Center (PAC) is providing a substance-abuse program to help teens stay sober. It is the county’s only adolescent acute-care, hospital-based substance abuse treatment center.
Over the years, alcohol and drug abuse has become the leading cause of teen death or injury related car accidents, suicides, violence and drownings.
The Positive Achievement Center staff explains that a teen does not have to drink everyday or even large amounts to have a problem with alcohol. Alcohol abuse can eventually lead to dependence, which results in the physical and emotional addiction to alcohol.
Teens that are most at risk are those with a family history of alcohol abuse, feeling unvalued by their family and teens with poor self-esteem or emotional issues. In addition, the long-term effects of alcohol use in teens can lead to difficulties in building meaningful relationships or holding a job.
The PAC’s tips for prevention include:
·Creating strong family connections with your teen
·A supportive school and community
For more information on prevention and treatment of substance abuse contact the Positive Achievement Center at Chapman Medical Center at 1-800-33-SAYNO.