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    Daughter Self-Medicating With Alcohol – Mother Worried About Long-Term Effects

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    Daughter Self-Medicating With Alcohol – Mother Worried About Long-Term Effects

    Caller: 42-year old mom calling on behalf of her 17-year-old daughter

    Problem: Alcohol addiction

    Seeking: Long-term inpatient care

    Reason(s): The caller is a mother, asking for help with her teenage daughter who is struggling with an addiction to alcohol. The caller says that her daughter has many things going for her. She was a popular cheerleader at her high school and has often been referred to as blonde, beautiful, smart, and personable. Caller says, “I know it is natural for a parent to want to brag about their child, but she really was getting good grades, was doing extracurricular activities, and is popular.” According to the mom, she recently found out that her daughter has been self-medicating with alcohol. “When I found out that my daughter takes a shot of vodka every morning just to stop shaking before she heads to high school, my head nearly exploded. She said the pressure of being good at many things became too much and the only way she thought she could relax was by having a drink”. According to the mother, her daughter told her she was getting the alcohol from college students, and she is now worried about her teenage daughter hanging out with the wrong crowd. She brought up the idea of an inpatient treatment center, saying, “I don’t know what, if anything, we did wrong as parents, but apparently the situation is too much for her here. I think it might be a better idea to have her with some really qualified people rather than me telling her not to drink.” The caller will be contacted by a long-term, inpatient treatment center that focuses on alcohol abuse within 24 hours.

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