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The role of cultural and social factors in the cause of addictive disorders

Journal/Book: Psychiat Clin N Amer. 1999; 22: Independence Square West Curtis Center, Ste 300, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3399, USA. W B Saunders Co. 253+.

Abstract: Particular sociocultural subgroups have increased risk for addictive disorders, although virtually anyone can have such a disorder. Our national posture in the United States has focused on avoiding our own sociocultural milieu as a contributor to addiction. Indead, we have focused primarily on clinical interventions for addicted persons and reducing drug production and commerce outside of our national boundaries. Time has shown these responses to be inadequate of themselves. We must address our own sociocultural milieu if we wish to reduce our high rates of addiction.

Note: Article Westermeyer J, Univ Minnesota, Dept Psychiat, Minneapolis,MN 55455 USA

Keyword(s): DRUG-USE; ALCOHOLISM-TREATMENT; DRINKING PATTERNS; NATIVE-AMERICAN; ABUSE; YOUTH; AGE; RESERVATIONS; AVAILABILITY; POPULATION


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