Connecticut Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Connecticut teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Connecticut 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 for Youth?

  • Inspirations for Youth  focuses on a therapeutic approach teaching Connecticut teens enrolled in our program how to live a healthful existence without drugs and Alcohol
  • It is also a highly individualized program limited to a maximum of 32 teens at a time
  • Inspirations is a gender specific program that combines academics, therapy and family involvement
  • Teens in rehab are often struggling with school. Their problems include behavioral issues, a lowered GPA and the potential for dropping out of school. When they leave Inspirations – they’re on a path to graduating high school
  • 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 – from cooking, cleaning, and laundry with supervision
  • A key element to the success of the program, however, is ensuring that the teens are involved in fun activities – including snorkeling, beach volleyball and going to the 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 they leave Inspirations, they’re focused, hopeful and working towards a healthful way of life
  • Inspirations for Youth works with all the leading insurance companies nationwide that operate in Connecticut. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us.
  • Some of the largest Connecticut cities and outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen lives include: Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, and Norwalk

Teen Illicit Substance-abuse in Connecticut

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 33,000 (10.9 percent) of the 297,000 adolescents in Connecticut used an illicit drug in the past month; 26,000 (8.9 percent) used Marijuana, and 13,000 (4.4 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences on measures of illicit substance use between males and females in Connecticut

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

  • In Connecticut, 8,000 males and 8,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • Rates of past year non-medical use of pain relievers were similar between adolescent females and males in Connecticut (5.7 v. 5.3 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Connecticut

  • 20.8 percent of adolescents (62,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 12.0 percent (36,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion within a thirty-day time frame
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past month binge drinking among Connecticut adolescents were similar between males and females; 18.8 percent of males and 23 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 10.3 percent of males and 13.7 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the 12 months prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol & Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Connecticut

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
  • Rates of past year drug or Alcohol dependence or abuse were also similar between males and females in Connecticut; 9,000 males and 8,000 females were dependent on drugs in the past year, 7,000 males and 11,000 females were dependent on Alcohol, and 13,000 males and 15,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol or drugs

Adolescent Substance-abuse Treatment in Connecticut

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:
  • Connecticut showed a 1-day total of 22,809 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (20,896 or 91.6 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 645 (2.8 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • In Connecticut Adolescent males accounted for 75 percent (2,114) of the 2,837 adolescent substance abuse admissions
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 37.8 percent were other drugs only admissions, 57.3 percent were Alcohol and drugs, and 3.3 percent were Alcohol only
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 38 percent were other drugs only, 52.1 percent were Alcohol and drugs, and 6.4 percent were Alcohol only

Among adolescent admissions in Connecticut, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse

  • Of the total male admissions, 91.2 percent (1,927) of male admissions reported Marijuana use and 60.6 percent (1,281) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total female admissions, 79.5 percent (575) reported Marijuana use and 58.5 percent (423) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 5.9 percent (168) of adolescent admissions reported Heroin use, 87 (4.1 percent) of male admissions and 81 (11.2 percent) of female admissions; 12.8 percent of all admissions reported Cocaine use, 11 percent (234) of male admissions and 17.7 percent (128) of female admissions

Unmet Need for Substance-abuse Treatment in Connecticut

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:
  • 15,000 adolescents in Connecticut (8,000 males and 7,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems in the past year
  • In Connecticut 11,000 females (7.4 percent) and 6,000 males (4.2 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.