Special population segments and the addiction syndrome

Abstract

(from the chapter) Appreciation of the diversity in racial-ethnic patterns of expressions of addiction and the role of culture and context is necessary if resources for prevention and treatment are to effectively target ethnic and racial groups at high risk for addiction. In this chapter, for gambling, nicotine, alcohol, and illicit substance use, we discuss racial-ethnic patterns of addiction, focus on the role of context and how it might confer a differential risk for the addiction syndrome, explore how culture might augment or constrain vulnerability to addiction, and describe the differential treatment and service needs of racial-ethnic minorities that have been identified. We conclude by identifying pertinent gaps in the literature.

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