Lifeline Children and Family Services provide counseling and mental health services to individuals, families, children, adolescents, adults and identified demographics (e.g., homeless and veterans). LCFS professional staff are competent in specialized treatment modalities to address issues that include; addiction, anger management, crisis intervention, trauma/PTSD, Oppositional Defiance, Adjustment Disorders, depression, mood disorders, etc. Lifeline offers Additional service to support families including; diagnostic impressions, social studies, trauma Informed-care interventions and psychoeducational groups. Counseling and support services are rendered based on ones ability to pay.

Substance Abuse and Addictions

  • Addiction is more common than many realize. There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011.
  • Although most people don’t get the treatment they need, over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.
  • Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco).
  • 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
  • Over 5 million emergency room visits in 2011 were drug related.
  • 2.6 million people with addictions have a dependence on both alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • 9.4 million people in 2011 reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs.
  • 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.
  • Rates of illicit drug use is highest among those aged 18 to 25.
  • Over 90% of those with an addiction began drinking, smoking or using illicit drugs before the age of 18.

Alcohol Addiction

  • Alcoholism is one of the most common addictions affecting Americans. It also an addiction that goes untreated in many cases because of the legality of the substance. However, the recorded rates of alcoholism are decreasing (18.1 million people in 2002 to 16.7 million in 2011), but the addiction is still a cause for concern.
  • Binge drinking is more common in men; 9.1% of men 12 and older reported heavy drinking 5 or more days in a month, while 2.6% of women reported this.
  • Over 11% of Americans have driven under the influence.
  • Out of 16.6 million people with alcoholism, 2.6 million were also dependent on an illicit substance.
  • It is estimated that over 95% of those who need treatment for alcoholism do not feel they need treatment.
  • More people receive treatment for alcohol than any other substance.
  • Over 30% of those who received treatment in 2011 reported using public or private health insurance to pay for treatment.

Tobacco Dependence

  • Tobacco products have the highest rates for dependence. There are several factors that contribute to this, such as availability. There are more resources than ever to help you quit. Learn more about kicking your tobacco habit.
  • Tobacco-related costs for the United States is over $190 billion (healthcare costs, loss of productivity, etc.)
  • The rate of illicit drug use was 9.5 times higher in 2011 for teens who smoked cigarettes than those who didn’t.
  • Tobacco causes more deaths each year than all other substance abuse related deaths combined.
  • Tobacco users in general are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Over 40% of cigarette smokers reported binge drinking in 2011.
  • The rates of pack-a-day smokers among those aged 18 to 25 have decreased by over 13% since 2002.

Mental Health Issues among Children and Youth

  • 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition.
  • 11% of youth have a mood disorder.
  • 10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder.
  • 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • The average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
  • Approximately 50% of students age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school.
  • 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10 – 24.
  • 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness.

Warning Signs

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated).
  • Trying to harm or kill one self or making plans to do so.
  • Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others.
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or fast breathing.
  • Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or gain.
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships.
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits (e.g., waking up early and acting agitated).
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that can lead to failure in school.
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.