Recovery Month Web Cast en Español
Why are Latinos at special risk for substance abuse or dependence? And how can treatment providers help improve the health and well-being of the Latino community?
The answers to these and other questions are addressed in “Alcohol en la Comunidad Latina,” the third in a series of nine Road to Recovery 2007 Web casts produced by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). This hour-long Web cast is the first to be produced in Spanish.
The Web casts are part of SAMHSA’s National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month celebration, held annually in September.
Premiering in April, the Spanish-language program is hosted by Ivette Torres, CSAT’s Associate Director for Consumer Affairs. The program examines specific issues for Latinos surrounding alcohol abuse and dependence. It also includes information on where to find help.
SAMHSA data show that in 2005, the rate of substance dependence or abuse among Hispanic persons age 12 and older was 9.3 percent, while the rate of binge alcohol use among Hispanics was 23.7 percent.
In addition, Latin American immigrants and their families face a number of challenges. Aside from overcoming language barriers, securing meaningful employment, and providing for their families, a wide range of encountered cultural differences can be stressful and can lead to an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.
Recovery Month Web casts premiere the first Wednesday of the month and are archived for viewing at any time. To view the “Alcohol en la Comunidad Latina” Web cast, or previous programs, visit www.recoverymonth.gov/2007/multimedia/
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Other Recovery Month 2007 Web Casts
May: “Helping Families Find Recovery”
June: “The Financial and Medical Benefits of Treatment for Health Care Providers and Insurers”
July: “Treatment and Recovery: Reducing the Burden on the Justice System and Society”
August: “Improving the Bottom Line: Supporting Treatment Profits Employers and Employees”
September: “Investing in Treatment: Policymakers’ Positive Impact on Their Community”
November: “Saving Lives, Saving Dollars: A National Showcase of Events.”
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