Colorado Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Colorado teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Colorado 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 which empowers Colorado teens to learn to live a drug and Alcohol-free existence
  • 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’s Recreational Therapy program teaches teens to associate fun with sobriety. Teens embark on day excursions to NFL football games, snorkeling, beach volleyball, deep sea fishing and movies
  • Typically teens enter a rehab when they’re out of control, unaccountable for their behavior and scared. When teens complete the Inspiration’s 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 Colorado. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Colorado cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, and Thornton

Teen Illicit Substance use in Colorado

According to the combined 2003-2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 46,000 (11.8 percent) of the 389,000 adolescents in Colorado used an illicit drug in the past month; 36,000 (9.3 percent) used Marijuana, and 21,000 (5.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences in illicit drug use between adolescent males and females in Colorado

The misuse of pain relievers among youth in Colorado is also a major public health concern

  • 17,000 adolescent males and 14,000 adolescent females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • Rates of past year non-medical pain reliever use were similar between males and females in Colorado (7.2 v. 8.5 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Colorado

  • 20.8 percent of adolescents (81,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 11.6 percent (45,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion within the past 30 days
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past month binge drinking among Colorado adolescents were similar between males and females; 19.7 percent of males and 21.9 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 12.9 percent of males and 10.2 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Colorado

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 Colorado, rates of Alcohol and drug dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 19,000 males and 19,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol or drugs

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Colorado

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:
  • Colorado showed a one-day total of 33,264 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (31,591 or 95 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 2,717 (8.2 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Males accounted for 67.2 percent (7,904) of the 11,755 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 37.7 percent were other drug only treatment admissions, 51.2 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 11.1 percent were Alcohol only treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 34 percent were other drug only treatment, 50.2 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 15.8 percent were Alcohol only treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions in Colorado, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 86.2 percent (6,814) reported Marijuana use, and 62.3 percent (4,926) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 76.1 percent (2,929) reported Marijuana use, and 66 percent (2,542) reported Alcohol use
  • Further, 11 percent (1,548) of the total adolescent admissions reported Methamphetamine use, 9.4 percent (740) of male admissions and 21 percent (808) of female admissions
  • Similarly, 11 percent (1,341) of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 10 percent (807) of male admissions and 13.6 percent (534) of female admissions

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Colorado

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:

  • There were no significant differences in rates of the unmet need for treatment between males and females
  • 20,000 Colorado adolescents (12,000 males and 9,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for past year drug problems
  • 15,000 females (8.1 percent) and 12,000 males (5.8 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