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.
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.
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.
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.
Men and women are affected differently by substance abuse, behave differently as addicts and respond differently to treatment. All this means that when choosing a rehab facility, your gender is an important consideration. Most treatment programs are coed, but female-only facilities are available. There are many reasons you might choose one of these for your addiction treatment, but ultimately only you can decide which option is best for your needs. Here are some important reasons a program focused only on women is worth considering.
Mental health professionals and researchers are well aware that depression and substance problems often appear together and cause worse problems for the individual than when they appear on their own. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from two American universities explored the connection between depression and a relatively low tolerance for stress in women affected by serious substance problems. These researchers concluded that low stress tolerance is an important contributor to the severity of substance abuse/addiction in depressed women.
It’s no secret that many people with addictions can go years untreated because they deny they’ve got a problem, but now there are numbers to back it up. About 1 in 12 Americans are in need of substance abuse treatment, new research says, but only a fraction of people are getting it. Failure among substance abusers to recognize they need treatment is the overwhelming reason they don’t get help.
Retaining patients in treatment for addiction for an adequate period of time is crucial to the success of the treatment. Experts say that addicts need at least three months in care to significantly reduce or to completely stop using drugs or alcohol. Men and women are motivated by different factors and stay on track with treatment for different reasons. To keep addicts in treatment means looking at men and women and their unique needs separately. If a woman you care about is getting help for addiction, take these factors to heart and encourage her to stick with it.
Going to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-step programs is one of the most successful ways of overcoming active addiction to alcohol or drugs. It is suggested that you attend as many meetings as you can, especially early in sobriety. By going to meetings, you will learn about the disease of addiction and hear the experiences of people who have been able to overcome the compulsion to drink or drug. You will be able to meet a wide variety of people who truly understand what you’ve gone through, and gradually you can build a support network.