Substance Use Disorders

(Información en español abajo.)

 

Risk and Protective Factors related to Substance use disorders can vary across nations and cultures. prevalence rates of Substance use disorders for Hispanic populations generally mirror those of the general U.S. population.

Puerto Ricans have a higher lifetime prevalence of substance use disorders compared to other Latinos living in the U.S.

The use and misuse of substances and the gradual loss of status is a common presenting feature. These include the following:

The use and misuse of substances and the gradual loss of status is a common presenting feature. These include the following:

  • Marital status: divorce, repeated failed relationships.

  • Financial status: inability to pay bills, selling property to acquire substances.

  • Employment status: jobs of brief duration, unemployment, inability to obtain a job.

  • Housing: living with others who use substances, potential risk of homelessness, inability to sustain permanent housing.

  • Social isolation: from non–substance-related groups, events, and activities

  • Legal: breaking laws, property law offenses, and assault.

For Health Professionals:

Asking about current and past cultural aspects are helpful for the implementation of a successful treatment and recovery plan.

For information about local preventive services in Puerto Rico, please visit:

http://www2.pr.gov/agencias/assmca/Servicios/ServiciosdePrevencion/Pages/ServiciosdePrevencion.aspx

References

Aegría M, Mulvaney-Day N, Torres M, et al. Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders Across Latino Subgroups in the United States. American Journal of Public Health. January 2007;97(1): 68-75.