Does Your Ethnicity Make You More Likely to Battle Addiction?

Does your ethnicity make you more or less susceptible to substance abuse? A recent study seems to prove your heritage does play a role. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) recently issued a report entitled “Need for and Receipt of Substance Use Treatment Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

The findings showed that Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (a group also known by the abbreviation AAPI) are less likely to need substance use treatment than persons of other racial and ethnic groups. While that seems like good news the same report also found that those in the AAPI community that did need treatment were less likely to receive it. In other findings the AAPI had a lower rate of suicidal thoughts than the national average, suggesting mental health issues like depression can be influenced by ethnicity.

NSDUH’s study looked at broader trends in substance abuse treatment facilities and clients. Between 2007 and 2011 both the number of total facilities and the number of clients in treatment increased slightly. The primary focus of that treatment changed very little during that time period, continuing to be made up of substance abuse treatment services, mental health services, a mix of mental health and substance abuse treatment services, general health care and other activities. The major types of care – ranging from outpatient, residential (non-hospital), and hospital inpatient – changed very little as well during that time period.

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The Oaks at La Paloma can help you or a loved one overcome addiction regardless of ethnicity, culture or personal background. Call The Oaks at La Paloma at the toll-free number on our homepage. We are here to take your call 24 hours a day and answer any questions you have about treatment, financing or insurance.


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