Addiction and Recovery Guides for Specific Groups

Article Summary

Different people may experience addiction somewhat differently due to factors such as their occupation, culture, age, and other variables. To find the most effective treatment, it helps to understand these factors and what types of needs people have for recovery based on their background.

Addiction Affects Everyone

Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

Many signs of addiction may look similar across groups. But other aspects of addiction can differ depending on the specific population that's affected, such as:

  • Effects of drug use.
  • Types of drugs used.
  • Barriers to treatment.
  • Forms of treatment that are most effective.

Some groups, for example, may live in areas where treatment is not available. Others may need a program where employees speak a language other than English. Still others may have specific cultural-, age-, or gender-based issues surrounding their addiction that need to be dealt with in rehab.

Drug and Alcohol Use in Different Communities

The guides below offer more detailed information about addiction and recovery in various segments of the population.

  • Veterans - learn how combat and military culture can lead to substance abuse in this population, why they may have a hard time asking for help, and what types of recovery programs are available.
  • Teens - read about the factors that can cause teens to use drugs, what some of the consequences can be, and how to spot addiction in teens.
  • Elderly - find out why addiction commonly goes undiagnosed in this population, how drug abuse can affect seniors, and what therapies and treatments are available.
  • Men - learn about the drugs men often abuse, why they abuse them, and how addiction in men is treated.
  • Women - get information about why women use drugs, what some of the symptoms are, and what special needs they have in treatment.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) - see why this population tends to have high rates of substance abuse, what types of drugs they abuse, and how to find an LGBT-specific rehab program.
  • African Americans - find out some of the causes of drug abuse in this community, why they have a hard time finding treatment, and where they can get help.
  • Hispanic Americans - learn about why factors such as acculturation and trauma can play a role in addiction in Hispanics, how they're affected by substance use, and how to find a culturally appropriate program.
  • Native Americans - get information on common drugs of abuse, rehab payment options, and traditional healing programs for Native Americans.
  • Asian Americans - uncover some of the stereotypes about Asian Americans and addiction, learn about barriers to recovery, and find out how to identify someone who has a problem with alcohol or drugs.
  • White-collar workers - read about why some white-collar workers and executives use drugs and alcohol, why they have a hard time accepting that they have an addiction, and how to talk to someone who shows signs of abuse.
  • Blue-collar workers - find out why workers in some blue-collar occupations have high rates of substance abuse, how drug use can affect employment, and rehab options for this group.


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