South Carolina Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many South Carolina teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest South Carolina cities as well as their outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen lives include: Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Rock Hill and Mount Pleasant

South Carolina Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • Approximately 34,000 (9.5 percent) of adolescents in South Carolina used an illicit drug in the past month; 21,000 (5.8 percent) used Marijuana, and 19,000 (5.2 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • 13,000 adolescent males and 13,000 adolescent females in South Carolina used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • 13.0 percent (47,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month and 7.6 percent (27,000) engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on one occasion within the past 30 days
  • Adolescent males were significantly more likely than adolescent females to need, but did not receive addiction treatment for past-year drug problems (5.6 v. 2.9 percent)
  • Adolescent females were more than three times as likely as adolescent males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (13.0 v. 3.5 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in South Carolina

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 34,000 (9.5 percent) of the 359,000 adolescents in South Carolina used an illicit drug in the past month; 21,000 (5.8 percent) used Marijuana, and 19,000 (5.2 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • There were no significant differences in illicit drug use between adolescent males and females in South Carolina
The misuse of pain relievers among youth in South Carolina is also a major public health concern:
  • In South Carolina, 13,000 adolescent males and 13,000 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 (7.5 v. 7.0 percent)
Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in South Carolina
  • 13.0 percent (47,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 7.6 percent (27,000) engaged in binge drinking
  • Rates of current Alcohol use among South Carolina adolescents were similar between males and females; 13.1 percent of males and 13.0 percent of females currently used Alcohol, but rates of past-month binge drinking were significantly higher for adolescent males than females (9.6 v. 5.4 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in South Carolina

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 South Carolina, adolescent males were significantly more likely than adolescent females to have experienced past-year illicit drug dependence (6.1 v. 3.1 percent) and illicit drug or Alcohol dependence or abuse (9.1 v. 5.9 percent)
  • Rates of Alcohol abuse or dependence, illicit drug dependence, and Alcohol dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 8,000 males and 7,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol in the past year

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in South Carolina

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:
  • South Carolina showed a one-day total of 13,469 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (12,791 or 95 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,517 (11.3 percent) were under the age of 18

According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:

  • Adolescent males accounted for 73.8 percent (10,065) of the 13,638 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 56.5 percent were drug treatment admissions, 33.0 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, 10.2 percent were Alcohol treatment, and 0.2 percent did not report the type of treatment
  • Of the total male admissions, 49.9 percent were drug treatment admissions, 26.6 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 5.5 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 40.1 percent were drug treatment, 21.9 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 8.1 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions in South Carolina, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 74.4 percent (7,492) reported Marijuana use and 32.1 percent (3,231) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 56.6 percent (2,022) reported Marijuana use and 29.9 percent (1,069) reported Alcohol use
  • Furthermore, 5.8 percent of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 4.5 percent (449) of male admissions and 9.5 percent (339) of female admissions

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in South Carolina

NSDUH 2003–2006:
  • Rates of unmet need for past-year Alcohol problems were similar between adolescent males and females in South Carolina
  • Adolescent males in South Carolina were significantly more likely than adolescent females to need, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems (5.6 v. 2.9 percent)
  • 7,000 females (3.9 percent) and 7,000 males (3.8 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