How to Find Culturally Relevant Addiction Help

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Getting the right kind of addiction treatment increases the chances of recovery. Treatment programs that understand cultural differences help addicts overcome issues not only with drug abuse, but also with how their heritage views drug abuse. Atlanta residents can break drug addictions if they have the right help.

Culture and Addiction

Cultures handle addiction issues in different ways. Native Americans, African Americans, Caucasian Americans, Asian Americans and other cultural groups view addiction due to the factors that make them unique, so understanding how each culture views drug abuse can help professionals treat addicts in each people group. For instance, one Atlanta resident may rely on support from family, friends and her community, while another person does not. Secondly, language barriers can prevent appropriate treatment, so a working knowledge of someone’s first language is important in rehab. Lastly, many rehab centers staff workers with ethnicities similar to their patients’, which increases effective communication. Treatment that reflects a culture’s values can meet the needs of a culturally-diverse population.

Signs of Addiction

No matter what culture you or your Atlanta family comes from, the signs of addiction are largely the same. People who use prescription drugs for pain management after surgery, during cancer treatment, after an injury or to manage chronic pain often become dependent on drugs they need to cope with daily life. Prescription painkillers, sleep aids, anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants all carry a risk of addiction, so no Atlanta resident should assume he is safe from addiction solely because he uses a drug legally. If you or a loved one uses prescription drugs, be on the lookout for the following signs of addiction:

  • Needing more of the substance to achieve the same results
  • Needing more of the substance before the next dose is due
  • Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
  • Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
  • Going into debt to get and use the drug
  • Stealing or engaging in other illegal activity to get and use the drug
  • Engaging in dangerous activities like driving while under the influence
  • “Doctor shopping” to get new prescriptions for the drug
  • Extreme changes in mood, behavior and appearance

If you or an Atlanta loved one experiences any of these symptoms, it is time to get help.

Culturally-Relevant Addiction Help for Atlanta Residents

No matter what culture you come from, drug addiction can ruin your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you or an Atlanta loved one struggles with addiction, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about addiction and the help you need to find culturally-relevant treatment.