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Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment / Edition 1

Straussner has authored and edited numerous publications dealing with substance abuse and is the founding editor of the new Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She serves as a consultant to various hospitals, agencies, and other organizations in New York and lectures on a variety of topics throughout the United States and abroad.


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She also has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City. Substance Abuse in African American Communities. Native Americans and Substance Abuse.

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Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment

How do Korean Americans make sense of drug abuse in their families and communities? What effect does shame or fear of deportation have on an immigrant's motivation to seek professional help for an addiction? What does it take to engage an addict who is African American in an ongoing treatment regimen?

How can substance abuse treatment providers earn the trust of people they seek to serve when these professionals' ethnocultural backgrounds differ radically from those of their clients? The contributors to this book explore practical questions and issues in their discussions of treating substance abuse across racial, cultural, and ethnic lines.

The various chapters in this book discuss the roots of culturally idiosyncratic attitudes toward, and use of, alcohol and other drugs. The authors describe the hurdles in working with each population, but more important, they offer specific guidelines for treatment that will increase the likelihood of success. Having grown up on three different continents and having been at different times both a member of a severely discriminated-against ethnoreligious minority and a member of a powerful majority, I have been acutely conscious of ethnic, cultural, and religious issues throughout my life.