Virginia Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understand that many Virginia teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Virginia 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-time existence.

Why Inspirations for Youth?

  • Inspirations for Youth program focuses on a therapeutic approach so Virginia teens can learn to live without drugs and Alcohol
  • It is also a highly individualized program limited to a maximum of 32 teens at a time
  • Inspirations is a gender specific program that combines academics, therapy and family involvement
  • Teens in rehab are often struggling with school. Their problems include behavioral issues, a lowered GPA and the potential for dropping out of school. When they leave Inspirations – they’re on a path to graduating high school
  • Participants in the program live in a dorm-like setting where there is a four-to-one ratio of teens to staff on a 24/7 basis
  • Teens are required to demonstrate accountability by handling most of the housekeeping, responsibilities – from cooking, cleaning, and laundry with supervision
  • A key element to the success of the program, however, is ensuring that the teens are involved in fun activities – including snorkeling, beach volleyball and going to the movies – so they associate fun with sobriety
  • Typically teens enter a rehab when they’re out of control, unaccountable for their behavior and scared. When it’s time to go home, they’re focused, hopeful and working towards healthy choices
  • Inspirations for Youth works with all the leading insurance companies nationwide that operate in Virginia. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us Now
  • Some of the largest Virginia cities where Inspirations have saved teen lives as well as their outlying areas include: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, and Richmond

Virginia Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse Statistics

  • In Virginia approximately 56,000 (9 percent) adolescents used an illicit drug in the past month; 37,000 (6 percent) used Marijuana, and 26,000 (4.3 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • In Virginia adolescent females were significantly more likely than males to have used any illicit drug in the past month (11.3 v. 6.7 percent)
  • Rates of illicit drug use other than Marijuana in the past month were also significantly higher for adolescent females than adolescent males (5.9 v. 2.7)
  • In Virginia 17,000 adolescent males and 27,000 adolescents females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • Adolescents females in Virginia were more than three times as likely as adolescents males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (15.5 v. 4.9 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in Virginia

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 56,000 (9 percent) of the 619,000 adolescents in Virginia used an illicit drug in the past month; 37,000 (6 percent) used Marijuana, and 26,000 (4.3 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • In Virginia adolescent females were significantly more likely than males to have used any illicit drug in the past month (11.3 v. 6.7 percent)
  • Rates of illicit drug use other than Marijuana in the past month were significantly higher for adolescent females than adolescent males (5.9 v. 2.7 percent)
The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern:
  • In Virginia, 17,000 adolescent males and 27,000 adolescent females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • Adolescent females were significantly more likely than males to have used pain relievers non-medically in the past year (8.9 v. 5.3 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Virginia

  • 14.5 percent (90,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 8.4 percent (52,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one-day of the past 30 days
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Virginia adolescents were similar between males and females; 14.7 percent of males and 14.3 percent of females currently used Alcohol, and 8 percent of males and 8.8 percent of females engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview

Adolescent Alcohol And Illicit Drug Dependence Or Abuse In Virginia 

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 Virginia, rates of Alcohol and drug dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 18,000 males and 27,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol or drugs in the past year

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Virginia

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:
  • Virginia showed a one-day total of 22,847 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (21,311 or 93.3 percent) were in out-patient treatment.
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 2,879 (12.6 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 67.8 percent (11,998) of the total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 22.6 percent were drug treatment admissions, 42.3 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, 4.9 percent were Alcohol treatment and 30.2 percent did not report type of treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 18.2 percent were drug treatment admissions, 35.6 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, 6.8 percent were Alcohol treatment and 39.5 percent did not report any type of treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 47.2 percent (5,667) reported Marijuana use, and 62.5 percent (7,503) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 48.7 percent (2,768) reported Marijuana use, and 42.4 percent (2,407) reported Alcohol use
  • Further, 6.0 percent of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 5.0 percent (594) of male admissions and 8.1 percent (460) of female admissions

Unmet Need For Substance Abuse Treatment In Virginia

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 Virginia
  • 10,000 males (3.3 percent) and 15,000 females (5.1 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems
  • 15,000 females (4.8 percent) and 14,000 males (4.6 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