ERIC Number: EJ699215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-1
Reference Count: 64
Counseling Latinos with Substance Abuse Problems
Torres-Rivera, Edil; Wilbur, Michael P.; Phan, Loan T.; Maddux, Cleborne D.; Roberts-Wilbur, Janice
Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, v25 n1 p26 Oct 2004
This article introduces a combination of approaches based on multicultural interventions and sociopolitical themes that provide interventions for working with Latinos with substance abuse problems. The purpose of the article is to view multimodal interventions, multicultural approaches, and humanistic counseling from a genetic perspective. It is hoped this view will help avoid the singular myopic approach of so many professionals in substance abuse counseling when working with Latinos. The following four points are emphasized: (1) substance abuse problems among Latinos are a multidimensional, complex problem that requires a multimodal/multicultural approach; (2) substance abuse problems among Latinos may be redefined as lifestyle or problems in living that are associated with individuals' emotions and behaviors; (3) substance abuse problems among Latinos and problems in living are associated with issues of the sociopolitical history rooted in racism and discrimination against Latinos in the United States; and (4) the honest expression of emotion represents a psychological necessity or force (Blanton, 1996), whereas substance abuse and dishonesty are symptomatic coping behaviors.
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Multicultural Education, Hispanic Americans, Counseling, Intervention, Life Style, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, At Risk Persons, Coping, Social Influences, Political Influences
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304. Web site: http://www.counseling.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States