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Family law: When an Alberta teen has a drug or alcohol problem

Teens will be teens, but there may be instances when some young people have problems that go beyond those of normal adolescence. When parents in Alberta find out that their teenage son or daughter has a problem with alcohol or drugs, they have the tools within family law that may be able to provide help for them and their children. Many different treatment options are available to a parent who still has decision-making capabilities when their child is below the age of 18.

Counselling may be one of the best options available. Alberta also has residential treatment programs in place that may not only help the teen, but family members who are affected by the addiction such as siblings. There are also day programs that run for about 12 weeks to help these teens to focus on what they need to learn to overcome their addictions.

Many of these young people have trouble dealing with their emotions and these treatments not only help teens to stop using, but also help them to cope with their emotions and to develop positive relationships with family members. Parents may also have to develop new coping skills to take care of their own health during this time. Parents who don't take care of themselves may find it more difficult to help their struggling child.

Being a teen comes with a lot of peer pressure. When a parent has exhausted many ways to try to help his or her son or daughter with an addiction problem, there may be ways a family law lawyer may be able to help. An Alberta lawyer may know what a parent can legally do to help his or her child in a difficult situation. Using the law to help a teen in distress just may be the difference between life and death for that young person.

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