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Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Issues in Treatment

Given recent demographic trends, by the year 2100, non-Hispanic Whites will constitute only 40% of the U.S. population. As the numbers of ethnic and racial minorities increase, careful research to adapt social services, including substance abuse treatment, to the needs of ethnically and racially diverse individuals is necessary. The current entry presents data on treatment admissions by ethnicity-race for the year 2005, discusses service utilization rates for substance abuse treatment, and discusses cultural issues in the treatment of substance use.

Service Utilization

Health services research has examined the extent to which people seek treatment for mental health and substance-related problems. A number of observations can be made regarding the literature on service utilization: (a) It suggests a general underutilization of mental health and substance abuse services nationwide, ...

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