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April 22, 2008 - o Does it change from drug to drug person...

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April 22, 2008 Implications of Culture What is Culture? o “Customs, beliefs, values, knowledge, and skills that guide a group’s behaviors in a shared direction.” (Linton, 1947) Exists for all sorts of drug users/people (heroin addicts, people who are abstinent, etc.) o “Culture is an organized group of learned responses, a system of ready- made solutions to the problems a people face that is learned through interactions with others” o “Learning and communication styles, types of rituals and symbols and the importance placed upon them: (Fleming, 1922) o “Every culture has a unique world view shaped by environmental, historical, biological, and other forces that mark a people’s evolution” (Bestman, 1986; Pedersen, Draguns, Lonner, and Trinble, 1989) What About Drug Culture
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Unformatted text preview: o Does it change from drug to drug, person to person, year to year, place to place? • Using Substances o Is alcohol seen as a medicine? o Is it used in religious ceremony? o Is it seen as a reward for hard work? o Is it seen as an appropriate behavior to engage in when you are under stress? o Is it used as an offer of hospitality or friendship? o When is it generally considered okay to begin using alcohol or other drugs? (the law, your family, etc.) o Is it acceptable to be intoxicated? Under what circumstances? o How are problems defined? o What is an acceptable method for seeking help? (Clergy, spiritual healer, social worker, elder, family members, friends, AA/NA, formal treatment) • Culture-specific AOD Dynamics o See Table 2 from Readings********...
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