Toward an understanding of russian speaking heroin addicts and drug treatment services in israel

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Abstract

This pa per de scribes the find ings from a pur pos ive sample of 152 male and fe male Rus sian-speak ing drug ad diets who im migrated to Is rael dur ing the last ten years. Ap prox i mately one-third of the co hort was not Jew ish, in clud ing 47 per cent of the women. Forty-one per cent of the subjects re ported be ing phys i cally abused and 25 per cent of the women, com pared to 5 per cent of the men, re ported be ing sex u ally abused as a child. Al co hoi abuse was found to be dif fer ent among the par ents of male and fe male ad diets: 46% of the women com pared to 31% of the men had fa thers who drank ex ces sively; 14% of the women compared to 5% of the men had moth ers who were heavy drink ers. Also, female ad diets were more likely than male ad diets to have a mother who used il licit drugs. Treat ment re lated is sues are dis cussed along with the need for specialized, culturally sen si tiveser vice pro vision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2001

Keywords

  • Drug addietion
  • Heroin addiets
  • Im migration
  • Russian-speaking

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