How Alcoholism, Grief, & Loss Impact African American Families: Treatment, Interventions & Resources
Presenter: Lucy R. Cannon, Ed.D, LCSW, LICSW, CCDP-D, MATS
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Alcoholism in America is on the rise since the COVID-19 Pandemic that has led to high rates of death especially in African American communities. Grief and loss in African American families is not uncommon in the United States.
"There are many factors that contribute to the grief process that African Americans experience that is oftentimes different from Caucasians and other races. Alcoholism and grief have a relationship with each other and healthcare professionals must have the necessary skills needed to meet the needs of African Americans and other minorities who are self-medicating with alcohol to rid themselves of the pain of losing a love one. Their grief and losses are caused by many factors to include; losses to homicides, a diminished lifespan, a history of sociological disadvantages, poverty, racism, oppression, police brutality, civil injustices, incarceration, and drug and alcohol abuse" (Jordan).
Which comes first, is it alcohol, grief, or both? It is difficult to answer this question because it depends on the individual’s life experiences and cultural influences. Alcohol like other drugs, is used to help individuals manage or escape with the pain of grieving the death of a loved one. This workshop will focus on the following;
Goals and Objectives
- To explain the relationship between grief and alcoholism and how African Americans are impacted.
- To develop an understanding clinically, of how grief effect individuals with an alcohol use disorder from emotional, mental, and physical perspectives.
- To identify specific features African Americans commonly experience during their stages of grief.
- Recommended culturally sensitive treatment models and resources that are needed to effectively treat alcoholism and grief problems in African American families.
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