Drug and Alcohol Related Issues For Teens

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As a teen growing up in today’s society, facing many challenges will become a large part of overall daily life. While most challenges aren’t life threatening, there is one challenge that, if not avoided, can affect a teen’s life in a way that might be the most significant thing they’ll ever face or try to overcome.

Teen Dangers | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

Legacy Freedom, substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC, is here to talk about some the risks and dangers teens and young adults face when drugs and or alcohol are involved.

  • Twenty percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, 2009]
  • The under-20 age group had the greatest proportion of distracted drivers. Of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes, 16% were reported to have been distracted while driving. NHTSA
  • The most common reasons youth receive mental health services are feeling depressed (50%), problems at home/family (28.8%), breaking rules or “acting out” (25.1%), and suicidal thoughts or attempts (20.2%). SAMHSA
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. [NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts, 2009]
  • Speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal crashes. NHTSA
  • Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, 2009]
  • One in five (19.9%) students reported being bullied on school property during the past year. CDC
  • Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distrac­tion (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, 2009]
  • Of those killed in crashes related to distracted driving, 18% of fatalities involved reports of cell phone use as a distraction. NHTSA
  • Of those injured in distracted-driving-related crashes, 24,000 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (5% of injured people in distraction-related crashes). [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, 2009]
  • Of all people injured in crashes in 2009, one in five was involved in a crash with distraction reported as a cause. NHTSA
  • Nearly 8% of students reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property at least one time during the past year.
  • Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds. NHTSA
  • Juveniles accounted for 16% of all violent crime arrests and 26% of all property crime arrests in 2008. CDC
  • In the United States, the crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is 4 times the risk for older drivers. (IIHS – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2009)
  • In 2009, an estimated 24,000 people were injured in crashes involving cell phones as the distraction. NHTSA
  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved dis­tracted driving (FARS and GES).
  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. NHTSA
  • In 2009, 46% of high school students had sexual intercourse and 13.8% had four or more sex partners during their life. Prior to the sexual activity, 21.6% drank alcohol or used drugs. Only 38.9% used a condom. CDC
  • In 2009, 34% of currently sexually active high school students did not use a condom during their last sexual intercourse. CDC
  • In 2009, 11.1% of youth in grades 9-12 reported being in a physical fight. CDC
  • In 2008, an estimated 12.4% of persons ages 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year. The rate was highest among persons ages 21-25 (26.1%). SAMHSA, NHTSA
  • In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. NHTSA
  • In 2008, 1,280 youth were arrested for murder, 3,340 for forcible rape, and 56,000 for aggravated assault. CDC
  • In 2007, 64% of young drivers in passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking were not wearing a safety belt. NHTSA
  • In 2007, 19% of the fatalities in the U.S. were related to young-driver crashes. NHTSA
  • In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people (ages 13-24) were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. CDC
  • Five percent (5%) of students did not go to school on one or more occasions during the past month because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school. CDC
  • Fifty-six percent (56%) of the fatal crashes and 57% of the fatalities involving young drivers occurred on rural roadways. NHTSA
  • Each year, approximately 19 million new STD infections occur, and almost half of them are among youth ages 15-24. CDC
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  • Among youth, females are more likely than males to receive mental health services in outpatient specialty, educational, or general medical settings. SAMHSA

If you fear your teen has a serious substance abuse problem and needs help, trust our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC. We can offer your child the following:

  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • individual counseling focused on the individual's needs
  • group therapy
  • adventure therapy
  • family therapy
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • parental support and assistance
  • life skills
  • and many other programs that will be discussed upon contact

Legacy Freedom | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

If you’re suffering from an addiction and need help, consider contacting our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC. Addiction isn’t something that can be beaten easily. Often it requires extensive rehab and support. Legacy Freedom is here to offer both to you, when you’re ready. Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life. Contact us to learn more.

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