Families of adolescents and young adults too often face the tragedy of losing their loved ones to drug and alcohol abuse. The death of Glee star Cory Monteith of a heroin and alcohol overdose brought this senseless loss to everyone’s attention again.

A 2011 AstraZeneca report documented drug use in adolescents and young adults:

In 2008, more than one in twelve 12th grade students reported the use of illicit drugs other than marijuana in the past month. Highest rates of past month drug use were seen among American Indian/Alaskan Native and White adolescents.

With respect to substance abuse, rates of dependence did not change from 2000 to 2007 for 12 to 17 year olds (8%), but increased from 15% to 21% for 18 to 25 year olds.

Among young adults, males report higher rates of substance abuse or dependence than females, and American Indian/Alaskan Natives reported the highest rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups.”

To view the complete report, follow this link.

What can you do if you suspect or know your child is using drugs and/or alcohol.  Here is a link to an intervention guide published by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Our adult and children’s programs screen for both mental health and substance abuse issues. Call 918.492.2554 for an appointment.

The CALM Center, a 24/7 crisis center for youth in an emotional, behavioral or substance abuse crisis, has a board and ASAM-certified psychiatrist who can supervise detox for youth with a medical clearance. Call 918.394.2256 anytime of day or night.

For 31 years, our goal has been helping build better lives for adults, children and families through behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.