Cultural addictions psychiatry: myths vs facts

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Differentiate between excuses to avoid treatment/therapy and the reality of cultural specificity
  • Analyse how a client’s ethnicity and culture can affect their opinion and attitude to seeking  treatment for addiction
  • Spot how ethnic minority groups are more likely to seek help from family, friends or religious guides rather than healthcare professionals
  • Explain heightened stigma and perceived repercussions of drug use among a client’s cultural peer group – and conversely, how some drugs have a reduced stigma or are normalised among  ethnic groups
  • In all of the above, weave in lessons learned from Black Lives Matter.