Wisconsin Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understand that many Wisconsin teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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
  • Inspirations has a Teen Boarding School – Since teens in rehab are often struggling with school we have a continuing education program to keep them 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 Wisconsin. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away
  • Some of the largest Wisconsin cities where Inspirations have saved teen lives as well as their outlying areas include: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, and Racine

Wisconsin Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse Statistics

  • Approximately 51,000 (10.8 percent) adolescents in Wisconsin used an illicit drug in the past month; 38,000 (8.1) used Marijuana, and 26,000 (5.4 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • 16,000 males and 17,000 females used pain relievers non-medicaly in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • 22.6 percent of adolescents (107,000) used Alcohol in the past month, and 14.4 (68,000) engaged in binge drinking
  • Rates of Alcohol abuse or dependence and drug or alcohol dependence were similar between males and females; 26,000 males and 26,000 females abused or were dependent on or abused Alcohol or drugs in the past year
  • 9,000 males and 10,000 females needed, but did not receive treatment for Alcohol problems
  • 15,000 males and 12,000 females needed, but did not receive treatment for drug problems
  • Adolescent females in Wisconsin were more than twice as likely as adolescent males to have experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past Year (14.5 v 4.7 percent)

Teen Illicit Substance Use in Wisconsin

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

According to the combined 2003–2006 NSDUH:
  • Approximately 51,000 (10.8 percent) of the 474,000 adolescents in Wisconsin used an illicit drug in the past month; 38,000 (8.1 percent) used Marijuana, and 26,000 (5.4 percent) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana
  • Adolescent males were significantly more likely than adolescent females to use Marijuana (10.1 v 5.9 percent), but rates of any illicit drug use and illicit drug use other than Marijuana were similar between males and females in Wisconsin
The misuse of pain relievers among youth is also a major public health concern:
  • In Wisconsin, 16,000 adolescent males and 17,000 females used pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to the interview
  • There was no significant differences in non-medical pain reliever use between females and males (6.5 v. 7.4 percent)

Adolescent Alcohol Use and Abuse in Wisconsin

  • In Wisconsin 22.6 percent (107,000) of adolescents used Alcohol in the past month, and 14.4 percent (68,000) engaged in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one-day within the past 30 days
  • Rates of current Alcohol use and past-month binge drinking among Wisconsin adolescents were similar between males and females in Wisconsin

Adolescent Alcohol and Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin, rates of Alcohol abuse or dependence and drug or Alcohol dependence were similar between males and females; 26,000 males and 26,000 females abused or were dependent on or abused Alcohol or drugs in the past year

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Wisconsin

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:
  • Wisconsin showed a one-day total of 17,846 clients in treatment, the majority of whom (16,558 or 92.8 percent) were in out-patient treatment
  • Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,974 (11.3 percent) were under the age of 18
According to 2003–2006 TEDS Data:
  • Adolescent males accounted for 62.7 percent (1,6508) of the 2,629 total adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions
  • Of the total male admissions, 32.9 percent were drug treatment admissions, 37.7 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 28.1 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 25.0 percent were drug treatment, 36.5 percent were Alcohol and drug treatment, and 37.6 percent were Alcohol treatment
  • Among adolescent admissions in Wisconsin, Marijuana and Alcohol were the most prevalent substances of abuse
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, 65.8 percent (1,086), reported Alcohol use and 67.0 percent (1,106) reported Marijuana use
  • Of the total adolescent female admissions, 54.4 percent (533) reported Marijuana use and 74.1 percent (725) reported Alcohol use
  • Further, 4.0 percent (104) of total adolescents admissions reported Cocaine use, 3.6 percent (59) of male admissions and 4.6 percent (45) of female admissions
  • Similarly, 2.3 percent (62) of the total adolescent admissions reported use of Opiates and Synthetics 2.4 percent (39) of male admissions and 2.3 percent (23) of female admissions

Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in Wisconsin

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 the unmet need for the past-year drug or Alcohol treatment were similar between males and females in Wisconsin
  • 15,000 Wisconsin males (6.3 percent) and 12,000 females (5.1 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for the past-year for drug problems
  • 1,000 females (8.8 percent) and 9,000 males (6.0 percent) needed, but did not receive treatment for the past-year 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