California Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many California teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated California 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 California 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  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 a healthful existence
  • Inspirations works with all the leading insurance companies nationwide that operate in California. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest California cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, and Sacramento

Teen Illicit Substance use in California

  • In California approximately 353,000 (10.9 percent) of the 3,251,000 adolescents in California used an illicit drug in the past month; 246,000 (7.6 percent) used Marijuana, and 175,000 (5.4 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences in illicit drug use between adolescent males and females in California
  • The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern
  • In California rates of non-medical pain reliever use were similar between adolescent females and males (8.1 v. 6.5 percent)
  • Rates of past year non-medical use of pain relievers were similar between adolescent females and males in California (5.7 v. 5.3 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in California

  • 15.7 percent of adolescents (509,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 9.8 percent (317,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once over the past 30 days
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past month binge drinking among California adolescents were similar for males and females; 14.7 percent of males and 16.6 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 9.5 percent of males and 10.1 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in California

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 California, rates of drug or Alcohol dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 145,000 adolescent males and 134,000 adolescent females were dependent on or abused drugs or Alcohol in the 12 months prior to the interview

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in California

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:
  • California showed a one-day total of 138,342 clients in treatment, the majority of who (118,840 or 85.9 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 12,174 (8.8 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • In California adolescent males accounted for 67 percent (51,642) of the 76,925 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 42.8 percent were other drugs only, 49.3 percent were Alcohol and drugs, and 7.9 percent were Alcohol only
  • Of the adolescent female admissions, 43.7 percent were other drugs only, 47 percent were Alcohol and drugs, and 12.1 percent were Alcohol only among adolescent admissions in California, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total male admissions, 85.3 percent (44,064) reported Marijuana use and 57.2 percent (29,545) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total female admissions, 71.4 percent (18,044) reported Marijuana use and 54.3 percent (13,732) reported Alcohol use
  • Further, 22.8 percent (17,507) of total adolescent admissions reported Methamphetamine use, 8,960 (17.4 percent) male admissions and 8,547 (33.8 percent) female admissions. Similarly, 5.9 percent of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 2,799 (5.4 percent) male admissions and 1,708 (6.8 percent) female admissions

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in California

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 treatment were not significantly different between adolescent males and females in California
  • 157,000 adolescents (88,000 males and 70,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems in the past year
  • 95,000 females (6.0 percent) and 91,000 males (5.5 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems

Sources:

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