Culture Specific Substance Abuse Treatment for African-Americans & Hispanics:
Treatment requires trust, honesty and personal disclosure, if the client is unwilling or
unable to do these things, their treatment experience will not be successful. African
American & Hispanic clients may have problems becoming engaged in the ordinary everyday
treatment process and may not be comfortable talking openly and honestly about the core issues,
due to cultural norms that forbid putting your business in the street. Also, due to a history
of oppression, discrimination, and racism, persons of color tend to have a healthy mistrust of
bureaucratic systems and services provided by persons viewed to represent that type of system.