Multiculturalism and Substance Abuse Counseling

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Multiculturalism and Substance Abuse Counseling Mary A. Pilsitz Liberty University Abstract One of the most common issues that are faced in many parts of the United States today involves individuals who battle addictions with drugs and alcohol. Many interventions, treatment modalities, and therapies have been designed exclusively in dealing with substance abuse and chemical dependency. However, as the populations across the United States grow increasingly diverse, it is imperative that substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals be culturally competent in working with various populations. In exploring multiculturalism in the substance abuse counseling field, being culturally competent can be highly effective in a therapeutic environment. Stereotypes of various ethnic groups with regard to substance abuse will also be examined, as well as feelings of cultural alienation and oppression in a treatment setting. Studies will also show which ethnic minority groups are likely to seek treatment. Culturally competent suggestions will also be examined in regards to diverse populations seeking substance abuse treatment. Increasing cultural competency and awareness of various ethnic groups can be effective in substance abuse intervention and treatment, especially in working with minority populations. Keywords: multiculturalism, substance abuse, counseling, race, ethnicity, diverse, minority Multiculturalism and Substance Abuse Counseling One of the most common problems faced in the United States today involves individuals who battle addictions with drugs and alcohol. Due to the fact that substance abuse affects all aspects of an individual’s life, most human services processionals, including substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, will encounter this issue with a
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