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Created On Thursday, 04, February 2016
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Information on Spanish-Speaking Substance Abuse Treatment

Spanish speaking substance abuse treatment provides all services in Spanish. The rehabilitation process is the same, and programs operate as outpatient or inpatient treatment services. Many people have been in situations where a language barrier has made things difficult. For those who speak Spanish either solely or as their primary language, attending a treatment center that does not provide treatment in Spanish makes the rehabilitation process difficult. Most addiction treatment requires an exchange of dialogue between patients and therapists or between patients and other patients.

When one person speaks Spanish and the other person does not, it makes the treatment process difficult. The individual attending the program is virtually unable to benefit from anything the program has to offer. One of the greatest benefits of a Spanish drug rehab program is the absence of the language barrier for Spanish speaking individuals. When everything is offered in Spanish, the addict benefits from the rehabilitation center's therapies and treatments. Moreover, programs that provide services in Spanish account for the cultural and social differences between the Hispanic and Latino population and non-Spanish speaking Americans.

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There are many different types of Spanish speaking drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Like any other type of treatment program, no one rehabilitation facility is right for every person. There are inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers and detox programs providing services in Spanish. According to the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, the prevalence of substance abuse among Latinos generally mirror those of the general U.S. population. However, per the study, Latinos have poorer outcomes in substance abuse treatment programs.

However, language plays a significant role; the study says—"The strongest support for a relationship between assimilation to U.S. culture and substance use comes from studies that consistently find a positive relationship between English language preference and proficiency and higher rates of alcohol and other drug use, abuse, and dependence among Lat