Utah Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Utah teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Utah cities as well as their outlying areas where Inspirations have transformed teen lives include: Salt Lake City, West Valley, Provo, West Jordan, and Orem

Utah Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • Last month; 10,000 (4.2 percent) used marijuana, and 12,000 (5.2 percent) used an illicit drug other than marijuana
  • 8,000 adolescent males and 8,000 adolescent females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • 11.3 percent (26,000) of adolescents used alcohol in the past month and 7.5 percent (17,000) engaged in binge drinking
  • 16.0 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions reported methamphetamine use, 9.7 percent (357) of male admissions and 29.5 percent (500) of female admissions
  • 5,000 females (4.2 percent) and 5,000 males (3.8 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for alcohol problems
  • Adolescent females were more than two times as likely as adolescent males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episodes (MDE’s) in the past year (12.9 v. 4.8 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in Utah

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 17,000 (7.2 percent) of the 231,000 adolescents in Utah used an illicit drug in the past month; 10,000 (4.2 percent) used marijuana, and 12,000 (5.2 percent) used an illicit drug other than marijuana
  • There no significant differences in illicit drug use between adolescent males and females in Utah
  • The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern
  • In Utah, 8,000 adolescent males and 8,000 adolescent females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • Rates of non-medical pain reliever use in the year prior to the interview were similar between females and males (7.1 v. 6.4)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Utah

  • 11.3 percent (26,000) of adolescent used alcohol in the past month, and 7.5 percent (17,000) engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion within the past 30 days
  • Rates of current alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Utah adolescents were similar between males and females; 11.6 percent of males and 10.9 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Utah

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 alcohol abuse or dependence and drug or alcohol dependence were similar between males and females; 8,000 males and 8,000 females abused or were dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs in the past year

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Utah

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:
  • Utah showed a one-day total of 12,977 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (11,191 or 86.2 percent) were in out-patient addiction treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,587 or 12.2 percent were under the age of 18
According to 2003-2006 TEDS Data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 68.5 percent (4,135) of the 6,030 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 28.2 percent were drug treatment admissions, 63.8 percent were alcohol and drug treatment, and 7.4 percent were alcohol treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 29.9 percent were drug treatment, 58.4 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 10.8 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 71.8 percent (2,635) reported Alcohol use and 89.5 percent (3,299) reported Marijuana use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 79.1 percent (1,498) reported Marijuana use and 69.2 percent (1,172) reported Alcohol use
  • Further, 7.9 percent (426) of the total admissions reported Cocaine use, 6.4 percent (235) of male admissions and 11.3 percent (191) of female admissions.
  • 16.0 percent of total admissions reported Methamphetamine use, 9.7 percent (357) of male admissions and 29.5 percent (500) of female admissions

Unmet Need For Substance Abuse Treatment In Utah

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 unmet need for past-year Alcohol and drug problems were similar between adolescent males and females in Utah
  • 5,000 males (4 percent) and 4,000 females (3.3 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems
  • 5,000 females (4.2 percent) and 5,000 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

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