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Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment - Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner

Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment

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Substance abuse treatment providers are increasingly aware of the need for greater ethnic and cultural awareness to guide their work with diverse clients. Yet the literature in this crucial area of clinical knowledge and skills is limited, and often deals with ethnicity in broad, overly simplistic categories. This much-needed book provides a nuanced discussion of addictive behaviors and their treatment among 19 different ethnocultural groups in the United States. An array of expert contributors focuses on how cultural knowledge can be effectively and appropriately applied in this challenging area of practice. Offering concrete recommendations to enhance treatment success, the book is enriched by a wealth of illustrative clinical material.

While emphasizing the need to see each client as a unique individual, the book demonstrates how clinicians can also take into account the client's ethnocultural beliefs, customs, and values, as well as the social conditions affecting his or her particular group. These variables may provide important information about the client's attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions. An unusually inclusive range of ethnocultural groups is discussed, encompassing Americans of African, Asian European, Latino, Middle Eastern, and Native American, descent. Addressed in each chapter are such themes as the impact of migration and acculturation issues, spiritual values and traditions, family structures, gender roles, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Other topics covered include adolescent treatment and issues related to HIV/AIDS. Chapters also guide clinicians toward greater awareness of the ways their own ethnocultural backgrounds may affect their interactions with clients.

This practical resource will enhance the work of all therapists and counselors treating clients with substance abuse problems. In addition, it will serve as a text in advanced courses in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, addictions counseling, and related fields.

CATALOG COPY
This volume presents a culturally informed framework for understanding and treating substance abuse problems. From expert contributors, chapters cover specific ethnocultural groups in the United States, including Americans of African, Native American, Latino, European, Middle Eastern, and Asian descent. While emphasizing the need to see each client as a unique individual, the book examines how ethnocultural factors may affect a person's attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions. Themes addressed include the impact of migration and acculturation issues, spiritual values and traditions, family structures, gender roles, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Featuring a wealth of illustrative clinical material, the volume makes concrete recommendations for more competent, effective assessment and intervention. It also guides clinicians toward greater awareness of the ways their own ethnocultural backgrounds may affect their interactions with clients.

'This is a superb, comprehensive primer for all clinicians. In uniformly thorough and clear chapters, the editor and contributing authors teach the reader how to think about the theoretical and practical significance of context and the multiple factors of race, ethnicity, and culture--always present and always wielding a critical influence. Reading this text is like learning a new language whose ideas and vocabulary open a wide new territory. In a world where diversity is normal, the concepts of cultural identity and ethnocultural conflict are key. This volume provides a map of cultural sensitivity that adds a vital, expanding dimension to traditional ways of thinking about addiction. It should be a basic text and clinical resource for years to come.' - Stephanie Brown, PhD, The Addictions 'This volume lays out the critical clinical issues involved in culturally competent practice. The authors provide a rich context for understanding current substance abuse patterns in an impressive range of ethnic groups--more than I have ever seen discussed under one cover. The information presented is well researched and referenced, and the authors do a nice job of avoiding rigidity in their recommendations. Several chapters address such groups within the culture as women, adolescents, and refugees, who have unique needs and for whom the clinician may need to vary his or her approach. The case examples give depth to the discussion and illustrate important intervention techniques. Social work students at all levels will find this text helpful.' - Maryann Amodeo, MSW, PhD, Boston University School of Social Work

Introductionp. 1
Ethnocultural Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment: An Overviewp. 3
Working with Clients of African Backgroundp. 29
Substance Abuse in African American Communitiesp. 31
Substance Abuse Issues among English-Speaking Caribbean People of African Ancestryp. 52
Working with Clients of Native American and Latino Backgroundsp. 75
Native Americans and Substance Abusep. 77
Substance Abuse among Cuban Americansp. 97
Substance Abuse in the Mexican American Populationp. 111
Toward an Understanding of Puerto Rican Ethnicity and Substance Abusep. 137
Working with Clients of European Backgroundp. 165
Substance Abuse among Americans of British Descentp. 167
Substance Abuse Treatment with Clients of French Backgroundp. 180
The Irish and Substance Abusep. 199
Italian Culture and Its Impact on Addictionp. 216
Polish Identity and Substance Abusep. 234
Russian-Speaking Substance Abusers: New Country, Old Problemsp. 250
Working with Clients of Middle Eastern Backgroundp. 273
Substance Use among Arabs and Arab Americansp. 275
Jewish Substance Abusers: Existing but Invisiblep. 291
Working with Clients of Asian Backgroundp. 319
Substance Abuse Treatment Issues with Cambodian Americansp. 321
Ethnocultural Background and Substance Abuse Treatment of Chinese Americansp. 345
Ethnocultural Background and Substance Abuse Treatment of Asian Indian Americansp. 368
Substance Abuse Interventions for Japanese and Japanese American Clientsp. 393
Substance Abuse among Korean Americans: A Sociocultural Perspective and Framework for Interventionp. 418
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9781572306301
ISBN-10: 1572306300
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 447
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: GUILFORD PUBN
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.83