Arkansas Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Arkansas teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Arkansas 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 ultimately live a clean and sober life.

Why Inspirations?

  • The Inspirations for Youth program focuses on a therapeutic approach so Arizona 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 supervised housekeeping, responsibilities from cooking to laundry
  • 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 – in order to 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 Arkansas. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Arkansas cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Jonesboro

Teen Illicit Substance Use in Arkansas

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 31,000 (13.1 percent) of the 233,000 adolescents in Arkansas used an illicit drug in the past month; 20,000 (8.6 percent) used Marijuana, and 20,000 (8.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • Arkansas adolescent males and females showed similar patterns of past month Marijuana use, but rates of illicit drug use other than Marijuana were significantly higher for adolescent females than males (10.8 v. 6.3 percent)
The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern:
  • In Arkansas, 11,000 males and 16,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • There was no significant difference in non-medical pain reliever use between females and males (13.9 v. 9.4 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Arkansas

  • 18.3 percent of adolescents (43,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 12.9 percent (30,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined when an individual consumes five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once within the past 30 days
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past month binge drinking among Arkansas adolescents were similar for males and females; 17.5 percent of males and 19.2 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 13.6 percent of males and 12.1 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Arkansas

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 Arkansas, the rates of past year illicit drug dependence were significantly higher for adolescent females than for adolescent males (5.1 v. 2.5 percent), but other rates of substance dependence or abuse were similar between males and females

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Arkansas

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:
  • Arkansas showed a one-day total of 3,624 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (3,041 or 84 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in addiction treatment on this date, 74 (2 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 72 percent (2,623) of the 3,623 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 46.3 percent were others only drug addiction treatment admissions, 49.6 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 3.2 percent were Alcohol only treatment
  • Of the adolescent female admissions, 53.3 percent were drug addiction treatment, 42.6 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 2.9 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions in Arkansas, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 90.8 percent (2,382) reported Marijuana use and 52.8 percent (1,386) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 87.3 percent (873) reported Marijuana use and 45.5 percent (455) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 8.3 percent (301) of total adolescent admissions reported Methamphetamine use, 161 (6.1 percent) of male admissions and 140 (14 percent) of female admissions; 9.8 (355) percent of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 8.5 percent (224) of male admissions and 13.1 percent (131) of female admissions

Unmet need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Arkansas

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 Need for past-year Alcohol problems and rates of Unmet Need for past-year drug problems were similar between adolescent males and females in Arkansas
  • 15,000 adolescents (6,000 males and 9,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems in the past year
  • 6,000 females (4.8 percent) and 8,000 males (7 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems

Information provided in this page is the data described in the Adolescent Behavioral Health reports derived principally from national surveys conducted by the Office of Applied Studies, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.