African American Male Drug Use and Gambling and Criminal Behavior the Need for More Effective TreatmentArthur Horton*
Lewis University, One University Parkway Drive Romeovile, IL, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Prof. Arthur Horton
One University Parkway Drive Romeovile, IL, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received July 30, 2013; Accepted August 26, 2013; Published August 28, 2013
Citation: Horton A (2013) African American Male Drug Use and Gambling and Criminal Behavior the Need for More Effective Treatment. J Alcoholism Drug Depend 1:134. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000134
Copyright: © 2013 Horton A, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Ethnic, cultural, social class and community issues are important factors in the relationship between behavior health counselor and the African American client-a role not often understood or fully appreciated by treatment providers of different ethnic backgrounds. President Obama has taken several initiatives to provide more open conversations pertaining to mental health issues. This paper addresses some of the challenges confronting the nation when professional treatment is provided to low income inner-city communities. Severe substance abuse and dependence, problem gambling and criminal behavior and the intersection thereto are considered from the standpoint of improving factors of cultural sensitivity resulting in more effective treatment.