Louisiana Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Louisiana teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Louisiana 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 Louisiana teens to attain the necessary coping skills to live a drug and Alcohol-free existence
  • Inspirations highly individualized program – limited to a 32 teens at one time – 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, concerts 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 Louisiana. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Louisiana cities as well as outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen’s lives include: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairic, and Lafayette

Louisiana Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • Approximately 37,000 (9.4 percent) adolescents in Louisiana used an illicit drug in the past month; 23,000 (5.8 percent) used Marijuana, and 10,000 (5.9 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • 19,000 males and 15,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • 19.3 percent (76,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 12.0 percent (47,000) 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
  • 10,000 males and 8,000 females needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems in the past year, and 8,000 females (4.2 percent) and 11,000 males (5.6 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year Alcohol problems
  • Louisiana adolescent females were more than three times as likely as adolescent males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (11 v. 3.3 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in Louisiana

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 37,000 (9.4 percent) of the 394,000 adolescents in Louisiana used an illicit drug in the past month; 23,000 (5.8 percent) used Marijuana, and 10,000 (5.9 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences in illicit drug use between adolescent males and females in Louisiana

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

  • In Louisiana, 19,000 adolescent males and 19,000 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 (7.9 v. 9.5 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Louisiana

  • 19.3 percent (76,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 12.0 percent (47,000) engaged in binge drinking
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Louisiana adolescents were similar for males and females; 19.5 percent of males and 19 percent females currently used Alcohol, and 13.1 percent of males and 10.9 percent females engaged in binge drinking

Adolescent Alcohol & Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Louisiana

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
  • There were no significant differences in Louisiana between adolescent males and females on measures of illicit drug abuse or dependence or Alcohol abuse or dependence

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Louisiana

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:
  • Louisiana showed a one-day total of 9,280 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (7,667 or 82.6 percent) were in out-patient addiction treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 601 (6.5 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 76.1 percent (6,078) of the 7,987 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 56.6 percent were drug treatment admissions, 38.3 percent were alcohol and drug treatment, 2.8 percent were alcohol treatment, and 5.4 percent did not report type of treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 53.8 percent were drug treatment, 38.4 percent were alcohol and drug treatment, 3.4 percent were alcohol only

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

  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 92 percent (5,609) reported Marijuana use and 41 percent (2,465) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 82 percent (1,562) reported Marijuana use and 42 percent (798) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 8.2 percent (496) of male admissions and 16 percent (305) of female admissions reported Cocaine use

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Louisiana

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:
  • 10,000 males and 8,000 females in Louisiana needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems in the past year
  • 8,000 females (4.2 percent) and 11,000 males (5.6 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems
  • There were no significant differences in unmet need for Alcohol treatment or drug treatment between males and females

Sources:

Information provided in this page is the data described in the Adolescent Behavioral Health reports derive principally from national surveys conducted by the Office of Applied Studies, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.