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NCJ Number: 202147 Find in a Library
Title: Preliminary Exploration of Immigrant Substance Abusers From the Former Soviet Union Living in Israel, Germany and the United States: A Multi-National Perspective (From International Aspects of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, P 119-136, 2002, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, and Larry Har
Author(s): Richard Isralowitz; Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner; Irmgard Vogt; Victor Chtenguelov
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Social Work Practice Press
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
Sale Source: Haworth Social Work Practice Press
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
United States of America
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores cultural, ethnicity, and migration issues regarding the abuse of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) by immigrants from the former Soviet Union who have settled in Israel, Germany, and the United States since the 1980’s.
Abstract: The former Soviet Union has historically had problems with alcohol abuse among its population. This drug abusing population became more visible after the fall of the communist regime. Contributing to this visibility is the fact that large numbers of residents have migrated to western countries and to Israel, spiking the rates of immigrants with substance abuse problems. The authors describe the exploratory data regarding AOD abuse among former Soviet Union immigrants to Israel, Germany, and the United States. The role of religion and ethnicity in both immigration choices and AOD problems is explored, which is especially interesting given the fact that, in accordance with the former communist ideology, most former Soviets grew up without a religious or spiritual belief system. Despite the widespread problem of AOD abuse among immigrants from the former Soviet Union little is known about how to effectively treat this population. The authors discuss the barriers to treatment for this population, which include language barriers and lack of awareness about treatment programs. The authors suggest that countries who host a large number of immigrants with AOD problems should focus on culturally relevant programs and treatments for this population in order to meet their unique treatment needs. References
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural analyses; Drug treatment; Germany; Immigrants/Aliens; Israel; Russian Federation; Treatment effectiveness; United States of America
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