Clients seeking recovery from addictions at a treatment center come from varied geographic regions. Each with its unique cultural color that is reflected in their habits, preferences and beliefs. The family dynamics of each region is also different.
Multi-cultural therapy for addictions
It is important that the rehab understand and consider these differences. For example, an addict coming from an Eastern country such as India or the Middle East, will have strong family bonding that is prevalent long after the addict attains adulthood. It is inconceivable that he or she considers leaving the family, or the family asking him to leave. This is not so in Western countries such as USA.
Respect for elders, strong family ties, importance of religion or faith in daily life may be of significance to the individual and his or her family.
Indian rehabs have an edge
Let’s just take India, where Hope Trust rehab is located. It is a vast country of 1.35 billion people, with 29 states, 7 union territories, 22 official languages but actually about 1600 languages and dialects. To complicate matters, there are castes and sub-castes that are invisible but very real schisms in the populace. As you travel across the country, the social and cultural nuances change drastically.
If black is a fashionable color in one area, it is considered inauspicious in the other. Millions of Gods are worshipped.
Cross-cultural approach makes therapy effective
Therefore, when an addict gets into treatment, the therapist has to be sensitive to these ethnic and cultural nuances. Multi-cultural considerations play an important role in therapist’s insight, rapport building and implementing counselling techniques.
A person from India is widely exposed to the Western culture right from childhood – through media such as films. The educational system and open society give significant exposure to Indians about Western culture. The reverse may not be true. An addiction therapist in USA is most likely ignorant about the family and social dynamics of an Indian addict or alcoholic. Thus, therapy is not effective.
Hope Trust rehab has experience in multi-cultural therapy
Hope Trust has imbibed the spirit of cross-cultural approach to therapy. Apart from experience and exposure to the diverse backgrounds of addicts and alcoholics that come from varied backgrounds within the country, the rehab has been successfully treating clients from various countries across the globe.
It is important that the family choose a rehab with cross-cultural and gender specific therapy approach for effective treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction.