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SAMHSA News - March/April 2007, Volume 15, Number 2

Recovery Month Web Cast en Español

cover of Join the voices for Recovery - Recovery Month September 2007 materials and Web site - click to view Web siteWhy 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
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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.” End of Article

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Social Security Benefits: Outreach, Access, and Recovery
Part 1
Part 2
Promising Practices
Resources on Homelessness

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Obtaining Benefits, Attaining Recovery

Funding Opportunities

Stop Underage Drinking - Portal of Federal Resources Surgeon General Issues Call to Action

Ads, Billboards Highlight Younger Children

Reach Out Now Educates Teachers, Students

President's Budget Sustains Key Programs

National Outcome Measures

Transforming Housing for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Arab Americans & Muslims Assess Emotional Well-Being

Evidence-Based Practices: Online Registry

Screening, Referral Tools Available Online

Recovery Month Web Cast en Español

Treatment Update: Increasing Motivation

Inhalants Report

DAWN Report

Workforce Development Resources


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SAMHSA News - March/April 2007, Volume 15, Number 2