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Growing Drug Use Amongst Rich Kids

Children who come from wealthy families are more likely to use alcohol and other substances than those from poor neighborhoods. Most “rich kids” will turn to alcohol for several reasons:

  • Pressure to succeed
  • Disposable income
  • Disjointed families
  • Desire to be perfect

Drug use among upscale youth can be challenging. Getting help is not always an option because parents in wealthy communities sometimes deny that a problem exists.

Alcohol and Drugs in Rich Kids

Children of wealthy families have resources that other kids do not. Rich kids can afford to purchase fake IDs or pay someone to buy them alcohol. Binge drinking and alcohol use among high school students is more common in wealthy areas of cities. Additionally, more high school students in wealthy areas have admitted to drug use.

As rich kids grow up, the amount of alcohol and drug use is lower than in less-wealthy areas. However, wealthy youth exceed drug-use rates among poorer counterparts once in high school. Parents in upscale households sometimes defend their children’s drug and alcohol use. Some believe it is safer to have their children drink with friends at home rather than go out to do it.

There may be some fallacy that having money and going to expensive, prestigious schools makes it harder for the wealthy to do drugs. Certain drugs, such as cocaine, are popular among wealthy kids because it claims to boost students’ alertness and energy. While being more alert and energetic, student can study for longer periods of time, helping them maintain the illusion of perfection.

Rich Kid Rehab

Treatment is affordable for those who truly need help and are willing to get it. Although the more affluent communities present an idea of perfection, sometimes getting outside help is necessary to survive. There are many drug rehabilitation facilities that offer luxury and confidentiality to their clients. Some facilities are secluded from outside distractions. Commonly, drug and alcohol treatment centers hold family programs that incorporate other family members into the recovery process. Through family programs, open communication is established and a better understanding of the family dynamic is gained. Asking for help is the first and sometimes hardest step in recovery.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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