Alaska Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Alaska teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Alaska residents as well as those throughout the nation for over a decade by providing them with the necessary tools to not only fight addiction, but win, and live a clean and sober life.

Why Inspirations?

  • The Inspirations for Youth program focuses on a therapeutic approach so Alaska teens can learn to live without drugs and Alcohol
  • It is also a highly individualized program limited to a maximum of 32 teens at a time
  • Inspirations gender specific program combines academics, therapy and family involvement
  • Inspirations includes a Teen Boarding School which allow teens – who often struggle with school – to continue their path to graduation
  • Participants in the program live in a dorm-like setting where there is a four-to-one ratio of teens to staff on a 24/7 basis
  • Teens are required to demonstrate accountability by handling most of the housekeeping, responsibilities – such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry –  with supervision
  • Inspiration practices recreational therapy by taking the teens out on fun day excursions like NFL football games, snorkeling, beach volleyball, deep sea fishing and movies – so they associate fun with sobriety
  • Typically teens enter a rehab when they’re out of control, unaccountable for their behavior and scared. When teens complete the Inspiration program, they’re focused, hopeful and well on their way to working towards healthy choices
  • Inspirations works with all the leading insurance companies nationwide that operate in Alaska. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Alaskan Cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Wasilla

Illicit Substance Abuse

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 9,000 (14 percent) of the 67,000 adolescents in Alaska used an illicit drug in the past month; 7,000 (11.1 percent) used Marijuana, and 4,000 (5.7 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences in illicit substance use between adolescent males and females in Alaska
  • The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public concern
  • In Alaska, 3,000 males and 3,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • There were no significant differences in non-medical pain reliever use between females and males in Alaska (7.0 v. 4.8 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Alaska

According to the 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Nationwide nearly 1.5 million adolescents were dependent on or abused Alcohol in the past year and more than 1.2 million adolescents were dependent or abused illicit drugs
  • Overall, the rates of past-year abuse or dependence on Alcohol were significantly higher for females than males (6.0 v. 5.4 percent), but rates of past-year abuse or dependence on illicit drugs were similar between males and females
  • In Alaska, rates of Alcohol dependence were significantly higher for adolescent females than adolescent males; 2,000 females and 1,000 males were dependent on Alcohol during the 12 months prior to the interview. Males and females were similar on other measures of abuse or dependence

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Alaska

State treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources: (1) National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), an annual one-day census of clients in treatment and (2) the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), which provides information on annual treatment admissions

According to the 2006 N-SSATS Survey:
  • Alaska showed a one-day total of 2,683 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (2,355 or 87.8 percent) were in out-patient treatment programs
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 310 (11.6 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Of the 421 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions in Alaska; 67.4 percent (284) of the total admissions were male
  • Of the total male admissions, 13 percent were Alcohol only, 27.5 percent were other drugs only, and 59.5 percent were Alcohol and drugs
  • Of the total female admissions, 29.9 percent were Alcohol only, 13.1 percent were other drugs only, and 56.2 percent were Alcohol and drugs
  • Among adolescent admissions, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total male admissions, 77 percent (2,827) reported Alcohol use and 86.5 percent (3,178) reported Marijuana use
  • Of the total female admissions, 68.6 percent (94) reported Marijuana use, and 86.1 percent (118) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 3.8 percent (16) of total adolescent admissions reported Methamphetamine use 8 (2.8 percent) male admissions and 8 (5.8 percent) female admissions; 2.9 percent (12) of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 2.8 percent (8) of male admissions and 2.9 percent (4) of female admissions

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Alaska

NSDUH 2003–2006 estimates that more than 1.16 million adolescents needed, but did not receive treatment for illicit drug problems and more than 1.3 million needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems. NSDUH defines “Unmet Treatment Need” as an individual who meets the criteria for abuse of or dependence on illicit drugs or Alcohol according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV), but who has not received specialty treatment for that problem in the past year.

In 2003–2006:
  • Rates of “Unmet Needs” for past-year Alcohol problems and rates of Unmet Needs for past-year drug problems were similar between adolescent males and females in Alaska
  • 4,000 adolescents in Alaska (2,000 males and 2,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems within the past year
  • 2,000 females (5.3 percent) and 2,000 males (5.7 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems within the past year


The data described in the Adolescent Behavioral Health reports derive principally from national surveys conducted by the Office of Applied Studies, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration