Substance abuse disorders are common in our society. It is a disorder that each one of us will most likely experience through a family member, friend, or our self. I felt very drawn to this topic due to the fact that I have a family that has background of substance abuse and I myself have battle the demon. Not until I struggled with my own addiction did I become more tolerable and understanding to those that have a substance abuse disorder. Substance abuse is not something anyone wants to have; it is a disorder that takes control of a person’s life. It is a beast that tears a person apart; from their being to the lives of their loved ones. This disorder is not biased in anyway; rich or poor, male or female, employed or unemployed, young or
There is a lot of shame surrounding addiction, and this may deter people from seeking treatment. It is common for one to face rejection from friends or family when they become open about their addiction and because of this fear, they often feel too ashamed to seek help. The person who is addicted will then continue to hide their addiction, often resulting in disastrous consequences. A 2015 study showed that only 20% of current opioid addicts receive treatment for their addiction, and a lot of this is attributed to stigma. By stigmatizing drug addiction and discouraging addicts from seeking treatment, we are allowing the life-ruining effects of addiction to continue
Substance abuse is difficult to treat no matter the background someone comes from, but adding sociocultural influences from diverse cultures can add an even more difficult element when it comes to effective prevention and intervention strategies. The United States is a melting pot of diverse cultures, with the Hispanic population accounting for “one-half of the nation’s growth” (Steven & Smith, 2013, p. 328). When it comes to treating Hispanic individuals for substance abuse issues, one needs to be aware of the cultural differences and acculturation issues that are characteristic of this culture. Clinicians who work with the Hispanic population need to understand their cultural values and respect their diversity so that barriers to treatment can be overcome.
Alexander highlights the fact that these statistics contradict the fact that drugs are used and sold at similar rates among different races and that white youth are actually more likely to engage in drug related activity than any other age and racial group. Although the official line is that the increased rates of African Americans arrested for drug charges is due to an increase in crime rates, this has not been seen in the incarceration rates for
Though the effects to the health and culture of the African American community are more difficult to change. The spread of treatment centers and education, to spread the word about drugs and less propaganda about drugs. To shape the minds of our youth and to spread knowledge that drives them out of the cycle of addiction and violence caused by the “War on Drugs”. The African American community has been significantly affected by The Crack Epidemic in the areas of health and culture as a result of where the source of crack was coming from, laws around crack cocaine and the perception of the drug. Though the effects can not be reversed they can be prevented from our future by the exchange of support from each other in the
It should be noticed that in the recent few decades, the science developed at an astonishing pace, and the problem of substance abuse cause a huge public concern. Currently, substance abuse has already become a pandemic around the world. It costs individuals substantially, and it of their family as a whole. It is essential for the society to help those people who struggle with drug addiction to get rid of their pain and get back their health and balance life. Therefore, I understand the substance abuse is a tough area, and people who are struggling with addiction really need help. During the course of the interview, I
This debunk the ideology of the targeting of crack for major crime organization and it was use towards imprisoning a specific racial community with punitive sentencing. Many studies soon came out in stereotyping crack cocaine as one of the most addictive drugs and created false claims that the media ran with. In 1995 the Sentencing commission challenge congress into asking for a reform of federal criminal sentencing through the matter. In 1993 there was a report by the Commission between the correlation between those who were sentenced to prison terms because of crack cocaine and in those who used the drug,”Report found that blacks accounted for 83.3 percent of federal crack cocaine convictions, Hispanics 7.1 percent and whites constituted a meager 4.1 percent.”(Percival, 124). The perception of these numbers would insinuate that African Americans tend to be the ones who either consume or distribute this drug but a Household survey showed a different perception in correlation with those who are imprisoned because of this drug, “ 52 percent of the people who reported using crack were white, 38 percent were black and 10 percent were hispanic”(Percival, 124). White people seemed to make up the more than half of the those who use it and yet are the ones who are least subjected to
This brings up the question; do blacks use drugs more than whites? Contrary to public belief, the higher arrest rates of black drug offenders do not reflect higher rates of drug law violations. Whites, actually, commit more drug crimes than blacks. “By 1988, with national anti-drug efforts in full force, blacks were arrested on drug charges at five times the rate of whites. Statistical as well as anecdotal evidence indicate drug possession and drug selling cut across all racial, socio-economic and geographic lines. But, because drug law enforcement resources have been concentrated in low-income, predominantly minority urban areas, drug offending whites
A common stereotype about African American men is that they are engage in drug abuse a disproportionate way which it’s not true because according to statistics from the US department of Health and Human services that although eight percent of African American males cocaine, eleven percent of whites have use the same drug. This is, however, not the impression that we get from watching the evening local news or even an episode of television program COPS.
African American are some of the most affected by the opiate crisis. When it comes to the opiate crisis in the United States, most people have a mental image of who the most commonly affected type of people affected by this epidemic. Back in the day, in most people’s minds, the ‘‘typical” junkie was a white person shooting up heroin under a bridge in the middle of a city, in the outskirts of town, or they were the homeless man or woman asking you for spare change when you’re walking out of a grocery store. Over time, the ‘typical’ addict has changed. Now, a lot of white kids from suburban communities who got hooked on painkillers and subsequently got onto heroin, such as your high school athlete or your studious 20- somethings in college. That’s
The War on Drugs in the United States has a profound influence on both the incarceration rates and activities of the criminal justice system. Many politicians and advocates of the policy claim that the War on Drugs is a necessary element to deter criminal behavior and reduce the crime rate. However, studies show that drug deterrent policies on possession and use have been inadequate and unsuccessful (Cole & Gertz, 2013). Studies also show that the War on Drugs has not attained its objectives because the policy exhibits racial discrepancy as it has led to the disproportionate incarceration of Blacks and minorities. Specifically, evidence indicates that the upper class, generally White individuals, is more likely to use powered cocaine while
When I learnt that I was going to be shadowing at a clinic for service users with drug and alcohol problems I was quite worried and intrigued as to what would take place. Then I realised I had to be holistic and also realistic, and although I am not close to anyone that has a heroin, crack cocaine or even an alcohol addiction I have been surrounded by people that have used certain drugs such as cannabis or cocaine. I also feel that I will not always know that this is the case as not everyone demonstrates through their behaviour that this is an issue for them, also some individuals feel ashamed as drug and alcohol use is frowned upon and individuals will deny using drugs. Some individuals explain that they use drugs as a way of numbing their problems or to gain confidence and self esteem. Beliefs about oneself and about the role of drugs or alcohol in one's life are sometimes called existential models (Greaves, 1980). Khantzian (1985) has proposed that addicts use drugs to offset
Many social stigmas are associated with drug use within our society. At one point in my life I shared the negative connotations associated to drug abuse with the vast majority of the population of this country and the society in which I live. As I matured and began forming my own opinions based on several personal experiences, I began to disagree with the believed norm that drugs are bad for our society. They are a means of escape for some just the same as alcohol and tobacco is for millions of others in this country. Those legal substances are just as bad for your body and habit forming as other illegal substances. Why do so many people frown on those of us who need our help? Drug addiction is a disease yet it’s