New Jersey Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many New Jersey teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated New Jersey 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 New Jersey teens to attain the required 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 New Jersey. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest New Jersey cities where Inspirations have saved teen lives as well as their outlying areas include: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, and Edison

New Jersey Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • In New Jersey approximately 73,000 (9.9 percent) adolescents used an illicit drug in the past month; 50,000 (7.3 percent) used Marijuana, and 33,000 (4.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • In New Jersey adolescent females were significantly more likely than the males to have used any illicit drugs in the past month (12.1 v. 7.9 percent) and were approximately twice as likely as males to have used any illicit drugs other than Marijuana in the past month (6.2 v. 2.9 percent)
  • In New Jersey the rates of current Alcohol use were significantly higher for adolescent females (24.3 percent) than for males (17.2 percent)
  • Rates of past-month Cigarette use were significantly higher for females than males (15.3 v. 9.8 percent)
  • In New Jersey 31,000 adolescents needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems; 44,000 needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems
  • In New Jersey adolescent females were more than four times as likely as males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (12.7 v. 2.6 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in New Jersey

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 73,000 (9.9 percent) of the 738,000 adolescents in New Jersey used an illicit drug in the past month; 50,000 (7.3 percent) used Marijuana, and 33,000 (4.5 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • In New Jersey adolescent females were significantly more likely than the males to have used any illicit drugs and were approximately twice as likely as males to have used any illicit drugs other than Marijuana in the past month
  • There were no significant differences in Marijuana use between adolescent males and females in New Jersey
The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern:
  • In New Jersey, 20,000 adolescent males and 25,000 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 (6.9 v. 5.2 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in New Jersey

  • In New Jersey, rates of Alcohol or illicit drug dependence or abuse were significantly higher among females than males; 22,000 males and 39,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol or drugs in the past year
  • In New Jersey 20.6 percent of adolescents (152,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 11.7 percent (87,000) engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion within the past 30 days
  • In New Jersey rates of current Alcohol use were significantly higher for adolescent females (24.3 percent) than for males (17.2 percent), but rates of past-month binge drinking were similar between adolescent males (10.7 percent) and females (12.9 percent)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in New Jersey 

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:
  • New Jersey showed a one-day total of 30,106 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (26,699 or 88.7 percent) were in an out-patient treatment program
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 2,111 (7 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • In New Jersey Adolescent males accounted for 79.2 percent (8,605) of the 10,862 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 41.4 percent were drug treatment admissions, 55.4 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 2.7 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 40.3 percent were drug treatment, 52.6 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 6.3 percent were Alcohol treatment
Among adolescent admissions in New Jersey, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 94.1 percent (8,100) reported Marijuana use, and 58.1 percent (5,000) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 81.6 percent (1,842) reported Marijuana use, and 58.9 percent (1,329) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 12.8 percent of all admissions reported Cocaine use, 10.1 percent (873) of male admissions and 22.7 percent (512) of female admissions
  • Also, 4.9 percent (537) of the total adolescent admissions reported Heroin use, 3.1 percent (270) of male admissions and 11.8 percent (267) of female admissions. 3.5 percent (299) of male admissions and 4.7 percent (107) of female admissions also reported Opiates and Synthetics use

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in New Jersey

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:
  • There were no significant differences in rates of the unmet need for treatment between males and females in New Jersey
  • 31,000 New Jersey adolescents (12,000 males and 19,000 females) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems
  • 27,000 females (7.6 percent) and 17,000 males (4.5 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems

Sources:

Facility Data:

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)–2006 is available at: http://www.dasis.samhsa.gov

Center for Mental Health Services Uniform Reporting System Output Tables 2006 is available at: http://mentalhealth.samhsa. gov/cmhs/MentalHealthStatistics/URS2006.asp

Substance Abuse Treatment Data:

Treatment Episode Data Set–Concatenated File–is available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive: http://www. icpsr.umich.edu/SDA/SAMHDA

Mental Health Treatment Data:

Center for Mental Health Services Uniform Reporting System Output Tables 2006 is available at: http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/ MentalHealthStatistics/URS2006.asp

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.