The Chicago metropolitan area has a lot of wonderful aspects, including deep-dish pizza, the Bean, and Chicago-style hot dogs. But, just like the rest of the world, it cannot escape drug and alcohol problems.
Suburban Chicago teenagers are admitting to drinking to excess more often than other teens across the country. An investigation by the Illinois Youth Survey has learned that about 24-27% of suburban Chicago high school seniors are drinking excessively about once every two weeks. By comparison, a CDC study in 2017 showed that 19% of all high school students binge drink.
New Trier Township High School said 33% of its students answered “yes” to the question of binge drinking and disclosed drinking to excess at least once in the last 30 days. School district officials announced that binge drinking is an important health concern and may be an issue to which the community is inclined.
Todd Nahigian, who manages the Committee Representing Our Young Adults after school program in Lake Forest, said teens often model the behaviors they observe in their parents. As reported by Nahigian, parents are the factor that will have the greatest impact on reducing teen drinking.
“It doesn’t mean that they’re not going to drink if their parents don’t want them to, but they’re going to be more cautious…more safe…more interested in making the right decision…knowing that their parents will be asking where they’ve been.”
Some parents think it’s better to allow their kids and friends to drink at home in a supervised setting. This is sometimes called social hosting, and it’s punishable by jail time in Illinois.
The CDC’s 500 Cities Project surveyed adults about binge drinking and found Arlington Heights, Schaumburg and Palatine ranked among the top 10 highest binge drinking cities in the country.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metropolitan area, an annual average of 1.1 million people aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past year. This is about 14.8 % of the population and is higher than the rate for the state.
The availability of drugs in Illinois has reached an all-time high. Drug arrests in Illinois are one of the main indicators of the availability and abuse of drugs. Arrests have increased considerably during the past two decades. Other measures of increased drug abuse are proved by healthcare, and deaths traceable to drug abuse.
The most commonly abused drugs in Illinois are:
In 2017, in Chicago, 796 people died from an opioid-related overdose. This is more than the number of people who died from either gun-related homicide or traffic crashes in the same year.
The abuse of drugs by high school students in Illinois is occurring at a perilously high level. More than half the students in tenth through twelfth grade have used drugs at least once in their lives. Nearly 25% used drugs in the past month.
The rate among adults (18 and over) who have experienced a major depressive episode is 6.1%, similar to the rates in Illinois and the nation.
There is a good possibility that you (or someone close) are battling one or more substance use disorders (SUDs). Perhaps you’re wondering whether an SUD can be treated successfully. Yes, it can. But it won’t be easy.
Because it is a chronic brain disease, you can’t just stop for a few days and call yourself cured. Most people require long-term care. Beginning with detoxification to remove the substances from your system, and then followed by treatment and therapy.
Everyone is different. Every person’s story is different. So your treatment needs to be specifically for you. You will need an assessment by a professional addiction specialist or your doctor. This will help you determine which plan is best for you. Considerations might be:
Cook County jail is the biggest single-site jail in the country. It is also one of the biggest mental health care providers in the country. About one-third of the 6,000 plus inmates have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Most of those were initially brought in for nonviolent crimes.
Elli Petacque Montgomery, a social worker at the jail, noted that trying to offer therapy in a detention facility is extremely difficult and sometimes “countertherapeutic. Some people might need to address post-traumatic stress disorder or their anxiety, their depression, their substance abuse—they’re not going to get that in a jail setting. It’s just not going to happen.”
Although Cook County Jail is an extreme example of the ties between mental health care and incarceration, it is really not exclusive. A report by the Vera Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform, described how prisons became basically the mental health care providers nationwide.
Treatment method advances, and patients’ rights movements tried to keep patients in their communities, but the support was insufficient. Especially after the recession in the late 2000s, state governments balanced their budgets by cutting funding for social services. While half a million people with mental illness were held in psychiatric hospitals in the 50s, the same number is now held in jails and prisons.
Like most people, you will probably need a detox program to help you safely through the withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is not treatment in itself, but part of the process to prepare you for treatment. Patients who don’t continue treatment in rehab usually restart their drug or alcohol use.
Medications are used in almost 80% of detoxifications. Symptoms of withdrawal from substance use can be physically and psychologically painful. Opioids and alcohol produce powerful withdrawal symptoms, including profuse sweating, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms can lead to serious complications if not supervised by a medical professional.
Withdrawal from cocaine and marijuana typically presents as emotional issues including irritability and depression. Severe depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions if not monitored. These symptoms may last from a few days to a few months. Because of this, medically assisted treatment (MAT) is used in detox and on into treatment. MAT is also an effective relapse preventative.
There is a treatment center located in Palatine, Illinois, that offers several treatment programs. Footprints to Recovery has versatile programs that can be designed to suit your individual needs. Programs include:
Typical therapies used in our programs include:
Palatine, Illinois, has programs that will help you make the transition into an independent life, and continuing sobriety. Their programs will be an immeasurable aid for your progression to an independent, sober lifestyle, as well as in the prevention of relapse.
There are many different options for paying for addiction treatment. We realize that this is one of the fundamental concerns for people who require treatment for substance use disorders. It is one of the main reasons people put off getting treatment.
The Village of Palatine was founded in 1866 and built around a train station on the then-new Chicago and North Western Railway. Palatine is located in Cook County, about 26 miles NW of the Loop. The village has had rapid growth since the 1970s as part of Chicago’s increasing suburban sprawl. There is an urban-suburban mix feel to the city, with lots of coffee shops and parks.
Cook County is the most populous county in Illinois and the second most populous in the United States. Second to Los Angeles County, California. It was ranked by website www.niche.com as #1 for Best County for Outdoor Activities in Illinois, #1 Best County for Young Professionals in Illinois, and #1 Most Diverse County in Illinois.
Mental Health Snapshot–According to the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)-Chicago report, 38.5% of adults in Illinois 18 and older reported poor mental health (experiencing depression and/or anxious and having to limit activities because of mental health problems. More than 16% of Illinois adults are living with a mental illness and 3.37% with a serious mental illness.
Those stats work out to be about 5 million Illinois adults with poor mental health, 2.1 million living with mental illness and 434,000 with serious mental illness.
SUD Snapshot–More than 5,500 deaths among Illinois residents, more than 5% of all deaths, are directly or indirectly related to alcohol and drug use. Approximately 9,500 residents die from accidental injuries each year. Forty percent of these deaths are related to the use of alcohol.
Illinois providers wrote 51.1 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people in 2017. Compared to the national average of 58.7, this is the lowest rate in the state since data was first collected. However, the rate of opioid deaths involving opioid prescriptions has not followed the trend. From 2015 to 2017 alone, the rate of opioid deaths has increased by more than 75% to 4.8 deaths per 100,000 people.
The annual economic costs to the state of Illinois associated with alcohol, drug, and tobacco-related deaths are over $3.5 billion.
About 50% of people with extreme mental disorders are also affected by substance abuse. When you have a SUD and a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, it is called a comorbid condition or a dual diagnosis. Dealing with a substance addiction is even more difficult when you also need to deal with a mental disorder.
Mental health and substance use issues have particular symptoms that may restrict your ability to function at school or work, maintain a stable home life, handle adversity, and have successful relationships with others.
Comorbid conditions affect each other, which complicates the problem even more. When a mental health problem goes untreated, the SUD gets worse, and when the substance use increases, the mental health issue gets worse too.
So now you have the information. You want to improve your life. You want to have a life free of the control of substance use and guilt. You can help a loved one get free. We have admissions specialists at Footprints who are waiting to talk to you day and night, seven days a week.
It’s as easy as picking up your phone. Is it worth it to you to get well and mend relationships? You make the call. Contact us today.