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Seeking Help for an Addicted Loved One

Overcoming Resistance in an Addicted Loved One

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.
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Senior Americans and Addiction

More Older Americans Battling Substance 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.
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Mental Health and Substance Abuse

When Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Go Hand in Hand

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.
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Alcoholism and Hispanic Women

Alarming Rates of Alcohol Consumption in Hispanic Women

Both Caucasian and Hispanic women in the U.S. are drinking more than ever before. More are alcoholics and more are engaging in risky binge drinking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out alarming statistics and warnings about the dangers of drinking heavily for women. While men have traditionally been bigger drinkers, women are catching up. Hispanic women, in particular, are overlooked when it comes to studies and prevention aimed at drinking.
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Doctor and a Patient at a Rehab Center

Hispanics Less Likely to Finish Addiction Treatment Programs

Among ethnic groups in America, there are many variables when it comes to addiction and substance abuse. Hispanics tend to have less access to treatment than white Americans. And to add to that is the fact that Hispanics are also less likely to complete a treatment program once they have entered it. Factors may include a lack of access to quality care, lack of cultural and bilingual understanding and lack of engagement, among others. It is up to professionals in the addiction community to correct this issue and make care more accessible and effective for all patients.
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Arial View from a Plane of Different Countries

Country of Origin Plays Key Role in Depression Rates Among Hispanics

Many mental health experts worry that mental illnesses, like depression, go underdiagnosed and untreated in much of the Hispanic population of the U.S., which is why any research that goes into this issue is so important. A recent study resulted in a report from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) that outlines rates of anxiety and depression in American Hispanics. In addition to illustrating that under-treatment is a real problem, the report also demonstrates that rates of depression are highly variable and depend on the country of origin of Hispanic individuals.
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Drug and Alcohol Intervention with a Family

How to Convince an Addict to Get Treatment

Addiction is a serious and complicated disease. As researchers uncover more information about how drugs and alcohol affect the brain, we have learned that addiction is truly a disease. It is a disease that requires professional treatment. Without that treatment, an addict has little chance of getting better. There are many barriers to treatment, and statistics show that they prevent many Hispanic men and women from getting the care they need. Across all races, though, the first barrier is the individual herself. If you love someone who struggles with substance abuse, you must try to convince her to get help.
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Doctors Researching Addiction Treatment

Unique Psychological Issues, Need for Child Care Complicate Addiction Treatment for Women

In medical studies, women have traditionally been left out. It is only in recent decades that researchers have recognized that women react differently to medications and treatments, that they have different life circumstances and different needs that affect outcomes. Recent studies are looking at how women respond to addiction treatment and how their unique needs must be discovered and acknowledged.
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Minorities & Genetic Health Research

Hispanics Missing From Genetic Health Research

A collaborative study from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health recently found that genetic research lacks diversity, which means that Hispanics and other minority populations could be missing out on important advances in medicine. The report reviewed current research on genetics and health and found that advancements in this area, including personalized medicine, are moving rapidly. However, the report also found that the advancements are not reaching everyone.

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Mexican Flag Waving

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ in Latin America Winding Down?

After decades of being caught in the crossfire, both figuratively and literally, the nations of Latin America are starting to rebel against the precepts of the war on drugs. In defiance of the United States, whose allegiance to military-style tactics in the struggle to cut off the flow of illegal drugs has been unbending, countries in Central and South America are asserting their independence and pushing hard for a change in course.
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