Delaware Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Delaware teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Delaware 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 Delaware teens to learn how 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 a diverse day excursions to events and activities such as 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 Delaware. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Delaware cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Milford, Seaford, and Middletown

Delaware Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • Approximately 8,000 (11.3 percent) adolescents in Delaware used an illicit drug in the past month; 5,000 (7.5 percent) used Marijuana, and 4,000 (5.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and binge drinking were similar for males and females; 16.4 percent of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 8.9 percent engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on one occasion within a 30-day time-frame
  • 3,000 adolescents (1,000 males and 2,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems
  • In Delaware 2,000 females and 1,000 males needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems
  • In Delaware adolescent females were more than four times as likely as males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (16.3 v. 3.5 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance-use in Delaware

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • In Delaware approximately 8,000 (11.3 percent) of the 68,000 adolescents in Delaware used an illicit drug in the past month; 5,000 (7.5 percent) used Marijuana, and 4,000 (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 Delaware
  • The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern
  • In Delaware, 3,000 adolescent males and 3,000 adolescent females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • There was no significant difference in rates of non-medical pain reliever use between females and males (9.6 v. 7.4 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Delaware

  • 16.4 percent of adolescents (11,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 8.9 percent (6,000) engaged in binge drinking
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Delaware adolescents were similar for males and females; 14.3 percent of males and 18.6 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 8.6 percent of males and 9.3 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the 12 months prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol & Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Delaware

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 Delaware, the rates of drug or Alcohol dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 2,000 males and 2,000 females were dependent on drugs, 1,000 males and 1,000 females were dependent on Alcohol, and 2,000 males and 3,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol or drugs

Adolescent Substance-Abuse Treatment in Delaware

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:
  • Delaware showed a one-day total of 4,042 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (3,754 or 93 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 261 (6.5 percent) were under the age of 18

Unmet Need for Substance-abuse Treatment in Delaware

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 drug problems and past-year Alcohol problems were similar between adolescent males and females in Delaware
  • 3,000 adolescents (1,000 males and 2,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems
  • 2,000 females (5 percent) and 1,000 males (4.0 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year 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.