West Virginia Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understand that many West Virginia teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated West 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 West 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 trips, fishing expeditions, 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 West Virginia. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away
  • Some of the largest West Virginia cities where Inspirations have saved teen lives as well as their outlying areas include: Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown, and Wheeling

West Virginia Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse Statistics

  • In West Virginia approximately 14,000 (10.3 percent) of adolescents have used an illicit drug in the past month; 9,000 (6.8 percent) used Marijuana, and 8,000 (5.9 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • Overall, adolescent males and females in West Virginia were similar in substance use, abuse, and dependence indicators
  • 5,000 males and 6,000 adolescent females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • 15.4 percent (21,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 10.4 percent engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the interview
  • 7,000 males and 5,000 females abused or were dependent on or abused Alcohol or drugs in the past year
  • Adolescent females were more than three times as likely as adolescent males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year (12.4 v. 3.3 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use In West Virginia

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

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 14,000 (10.3 percent) of the 138,000 adolescents in West Virginia used an illicit drug in the past month; 9,000 (6.8 percent) used Marijuana, and 8,000 (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 West Virginia
The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern:
  • In West Virginia, 6,000 adolescent females and 5,000 adolescent males used pain relievers non-medically in the last 12 months prior to the interview
  • There was no significant difference in rates on non-medical pain reliever use between females and males ( 9.4 v 7.5)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in West Virginia

  • In West Virginia 15.4 percent of adolescents (21,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 10.4 percent (14,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one-day out the past 30 days
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among West Virginia adolescents were similar between males and females

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in West 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 the past-year abuse or dependence on Alcohol were significantly higher for females than males (6.0 v. 5.4 percent), but rates of the past-year abuse or dependence on illicit drugs were similar between males and females
  • In West Virginia, rates of Alcohol and drug dependence or abuse were similar between males and females; 7,000 males and 5,000 females abused or were dependent on Alcohol or drugs in the past year

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment In West 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:
  • West Virginia showed a one-day total of 8,691 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (8,075 or 92.9 percent) were in outpatient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 382 (4.4 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 61.4 percent (1,029) of the 1,676 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 47.4 percent were drug treatment admissions, 46.2 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 6.4 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 44 percent were drug treatment, 47.1 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 8.8 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions in West Virginia, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 87.6 percent (901) reported Marijuana use, and 52.5 percent (540) reported Alcohol use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 79.8 percent (517) percent reported Marijuana use, and 56.2 percent (364) reported Alcohol use
  • Further, 16.7 percent (280) of the total adolescent admissions reported use of other Opiates or Synthetics, 15.4 (158) of male admissions and 18.9 percent (122) of female admissions. 9.1 percent (153) of total admissions reported Cocaine use, 6.7 percent (69) of male admissions and 13 percent (84) of female admissions

Unmet Need for Teen Substance Abuse Treatment in West 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 Treatment need for the past-year Alcohol and drug problems were similar between adolescent males and females in West Virginia
  • 4,000 males (5.1 percent) and 3,000 females (4.0) needed, but did not receive treatment for past-year drug problems
  • 3,000 females (4.9 percent) and 4,000 males (6.3 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for the past-year 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