Iowa Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Iowa teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Iowa cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City and Iowa City

Iowa Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • Approximately 23,000 (9.5 percent) adolescents in Iowa used an illicit drug in the past month; 16,000 (6.4) used Marijuana, and 11,000 (4.6 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • 18.4 percent of adolescents (45,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 12.1 (29,000) engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion within a 30-day time-frame
  • Rates of past-year Alcohol and drug dependence or abuse were similar between males and females, but rates of past-year Alcohol dependence were significantly higher for adolescent females than males (4.5 v. 2.3 percent)
  • 2,000 males (2.0 percent) and 4,000 females (3.5 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems and 10,000 females (8.8 percent) and 8,000 males (6.8 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems
  • Adolescent females in Iowa were more than twice as likely as adolescent males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past Year (10.9 v 4.1 percent)
According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 23,000 (9.5 percent) of the 244,000 adolescents in Iowa used an illicit drug in the past month; 16,000 (6.4 percent) used Marijuana, and 11,000 (4.6 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences in illicit drug use between adolescent males and females in Iowa
The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern:
  • In Iowa, 6,000 adolescent males and 8,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • There was no significant differences with non-medical pain reliever use between females and males (7.1 v. 5.1 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Iowa

  • In Iowa 18.4 percent (45,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 12.1 percent (29,000) engaged in binge drinking
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Iowa adolescents were similar between males and females; 17.6 percent of males and 19.3 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 13.4 percent of males and 10.7 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol & Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Iowa

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 Iowa, rates of past-year Alcohol and drug dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; but rates of past-year Alcohol dependence were significantly higher for adolescent females than males (4.5 v 2.3 percent)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Iowa

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:
  • Iowa showed a 1-day total of 7,229 clients in treatment, the majority of who (6,660 or 92.1 percent) were involved in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 793 (11 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 65 percent  (8,578) of the 13,185 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 21 percent were drug treatment admissions, 68.6 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 10.1 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 18.3 percent were drug treatment, 68 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 13.3 percent were Alcohol treatment
Among adolescent admissions in Iowa, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 87.8 percent (7,529) , reported Marijuana use and 78.6 percent (6,746) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 81.3 percent (3,746) , reported Marijuana use and 81.3 percent (3,746) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 15.8 percent (2,082) of total adolescents admissions reported Methamphetamine use, 1,047 (12.2 percent) male admissions and 1,035 (22.5 percent) female admissions. Similarly, 6.3 percent (544) of male admissions and 9.3 (427) of female admissions reported Cocaine use

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Iowa

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 the unmet need for past-year drug or Alcohol treatment were similar between males and females in Iowa
  • 2,000 Iowa males (2.0 percent) and 4,000 females (3.5 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems
  • 10,000 females (8.8 percent) and 8,000 males (6.8 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year Alcohol problems