People of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds are impacted by substance abuse and addiction. Not nearly enough people are treated or treated effectively for these issues, but the Hispanic population in the U.S. is particularly vulnerable to lack of care. Researchers have tried to investigate the discrepancy between this population and others when it comes to addiction care and have determined that healthcare providers often believe in certain cultural stereotypes that prevent Hispanics from seeking help. Continue reading
While some studies show that people forced into drug or alcohol rehab are just as successful at maintaining sobriety as those who’ve gone willingly, ideally the person enters treatment with some internal motivation to recover. Sergio Muriel is a certified addiction professional and the executive director of Lucida mental health and drug rehab in Florida. For the last 13 years, Muriel has worked on both the clinical and admissions side of addiction treatment. He offers some advice to people whose loved ones are resistant to getting the help they need to overcome alcohol or drug abuse.
Troubling statistics clearly demonstrate that older Americans are struggling with drug abuse and alcoholism more than ever before in the U.S. Why this trend is being seen can partly be explained by the aging of the large baby boomer generation, but the issue is more complicated than this simple fact. Why are older adults abusing substances and what can be done to help them? These are important questions that need answers.
It’s called a dual diagnosis, and it means having a substance use disorder as well as a mental illness. If you struggle with substance abuse, you should be screened for mental health. If you have a mental health issue, you should be cautious about drinking and using drugs. The two go hand in hand, and to have one with the other is not uncommon. It means that you need to address both issues in order to be well and healthy.