Illinois Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Illinois teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Illinois 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 Illinois teens to attain the necessary skills to live a drug and Alcohol-free existence
  • Inspirations highly individualized program – limited to a 32-person capacity – has a 4-to-1 staff/teen ratio
  • Inspirations’ gender specific program combines academics, therapy and family involvement
  • Inspirations has a landmark Teen Boarding School program which allows teens – who often struggle with education – to continue their path to graduation
  • Teens live in a dorm-like setting and are required to demonstrate accountability by handling most of the supervised housekeeping responsibilities from cooking to laundry
  • Inspirations’ Recreational Therapy program teaches teens to associate fun with sobriety
  • Teens embark on a wide array of day trips running the gamut from NFL football games and beach excursions to 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 Inspirations’ 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 Illinois. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Illinois cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, and Springfield

Illinois Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • In Illinois approximately 104,000 (9.5 percent) of adolescents used an illicit drug in the past month; 70,000 (6.4 percent) used Marijuana, and 49,000 (4.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • 33,000 males and 32,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • 17.2 percent of adolescents (189,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 10.5 percent (115,000) engaged in binge drinking.
  • Rates of illicit drug dependence or abuse were significantly higher among males than females (5.1 v. 3.8 percent)
  • Significantly more adolescent males than females in Illinois needed, but did not receive drug treatment (4.8 v. 3.6 percent)
  • 28,000 males and 31,000 females needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year Alcohol problems, and 19,000 females and 27,000 males needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year illicit drug problems
  • In Illinois adolescent females were more than two times as likely as adolescent males to have experienced an Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (11.2 v. 3.8 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in Illinois

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 104,000 (9.5 percent) of the nearly 1.1 million adolescents in Illinois used an illicit drug in the past month; 70,000 (6.4 percent) used Marijuana, and 49,000 (4.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • Males were significantly more likely than females to use an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern
  • In Illinois, 33,000 males and 32,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • There were no significant differences in non-medical pain reliever use between females and males in Illinois (5.9 v. 5.8 percent).

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Illinois

  • 17.2 percent of adolescents (189,000) used alcohol in the past month, and 10.5 percent (115,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion within a 30-day time-frame
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Illinois adolescents were similar between males and females; 17.9 percent of males and 16.5 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 11.5 percent of males and 9.5 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol & Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Illinois

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 illicit drug dependence or abuse were significantly higher among males than females (5.1 v. 3.8 percent).
  • There were no significant differences between males and females on measures of past-year Alcohol dependence or abuse or Alcohol or drug dependence and abuse

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Illinois

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:
  • Illinois showed a one-day total of 43,724 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (39,900 or 91.3 percent) were in an out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 4,404 (10.7 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS data:
  • In Illinois males accounted for 75 percent (29,146) of the 38,827 adolescent substance abuse admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 48.4 percent were drugs only, 46.3 percent were Alcohol and drugs, and 5.1 percent were Alcohol only
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 59.1 percent were drug treatment, 36.7 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 4.2 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Of the adolescent female admissions, 39.2 percent were drugs only, 49.1 percent were Alcohol and drugs, and 11.6 percent were Alcohol only
  • Among adolescent admissions in Illinois, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total male admissions in Illinois, 93 percent (27,090) reported Marijuana use and 51.5 percent (14,998) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total female admissions, 83 percent (8,031) reported Marijuana use and 60.7 percent (5,875) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthemore, 2.9 percent (834) of males and 6.3 percent (611) of females reported Cocaine use

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Illinois

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:
  • Significantly more adolescent males than females in Illinois needed, but did not receive drug treatment (4.8 v. 3.6 percent)
  • Rates of unmet need for Alcohol treatment were similar between males and females in Illinois (5.1 v. 5.7 percent)
  • 28,000 males and 31,000 females needed, but did not receive treatment for past year Alcohol problems
  • 19,000 females and 27,000 males needed, but did not receive treatment for past year illicit drug problems