Addiction in families can not only cause an emotional strain on relationships between loved ones but may eventually become fatal. In an effort to reduce the rate of addiction among the Spanish-speaking community, The Partnership at Drugfree.org is taking advantage of bilingual resources.
The nonprofit organization is dedicated to intervening to address addiction in families and help individuals detoxify over time. However, language barriers may hinder the group’s efforts to reach out to people in the Latino community. The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) recently joined The Partnership at Drugfree.org to help advocates translate their messages to individuals in need of help for addiction.
Roselena Martinez, the marketing and communications manager for The Partnership at Drugfree.org, said that the relationship will be specifically beneficial to parents. Many individuals struggle reaching out to their children who have substance abuse issues, and the NAHN may be able to help parents address the problem through translators.
More than 8 percent of adults aged 12 and older admitted to abusing illicit substances within a 30-day period in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevenetion. Drug rehab centers can help individuals detoxify with the support of their families over time.