Latinx and Hispanic Addiction and Mental Health Support
Though Latinx people experience substance abuse at a lower rate than the population average, there are significant differences in the rate of treatment-seeking individuals when compared to other ethnicities. We have compiled several dozen resources to support recovery and help Latinx individuals get the necessary help.
Latinx & Hispanic
Addiction & Mental Health Support
The United States population consists of 18.3% Hispanic people. and 16% of the Hispanic population reported struggling with a mental illness in the past year. Though these numbers are striking, there is an unwillingness to seek professional treatment. And unfortunately, untreated mental health issues are one of the leading causes of substance abuse. Cultural and religious beliefs have caused a negative attitude when it comes to mental health in the Latinx community. Because of this, many people choose suffering over professional help. Not to mention there is a lack of mental health services available in many Hispanic communities.
The rate for drug use disorder within the last year among Latinx people stands at 6.6%. This may be lower than the total population average of 7.4%. However, there are distinct differences when it comes to treatment provided to members of the Latinx community. Studies show these communities have less access to treatment, and poorer outcomes of program success. The latter can be attributed in large part to a lack of accessibility to culturally competent care. Though more importance is being placed on individual cultures within the mental health community, there is still much more that needs to be done with regards to access to care and improved treatment conditions.
We provide 13 helpful resources for LGBTQ+ Latinx people as well as domestic violence resources.
Latinx & Hispanic
Spanish-Speaking Crisis Hotlines
Al-Anon and Ala-teen Information Phone: 1-888-425-2666 Counselors provide support to adolescents and adults adversely affected by addiction and offer group therapy resources for ongoing support.
SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 English / Spanish-speaking counselors facilitate referrals to treatment centers, support groups, and community services.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Call this hotline in times of crisis and they can help talk you through issues and refer local treatment centers that may be able to provide further care.
En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454
Boys Town: 1-800-448-3000 – Can interpret over 140 languages; it also has a “telecommunications device for the deaf” (TDD) for the hearing and speech impaired at 1-800-448-1833.
Drugfree.org: Call 855-378-4873 or text 55753 – Counselors offer support and training and will direct you to the best course of action and provide local treatment resources.
Talk. They Hear You: SAMHSA’s national campaign for the prevention of underage drinking helps parents and caregivers to start the conversation with their children about the dangers of alcohol.
The Fix: A platform covering addiction and recovery, featuring a daily mix of breaking news, exclusive interviews, investigative reports, essays, and blogs on sober living, lifestyle, and cultural resources.
Substance Abuse in the Latinx Community: A podcast from Latinx Therapy that features Genesis Games, LMHC. She shares her knowledge of alcohol abuse, how it is defined, the effects it has on the individual and the family, the myths behind it in Latinx culture, and the best way to support someone with this issue.
Hollywood and Vine Recovery: A nonprofit group producing online content that shares holistic approaches to recovery that center on healing the mind, body, and spirit with the Black and Latinx experiences at the center.
Latinx & Hispanic
General Mental Health Resources
ADA Resources en Espanol: The Anxiety & Depression Association of America provides a great number of mental health resources available in both Spanish and English.
National Latino Behavioral Health Association: This organization acts as a voice for the Latino communities in America and shares stories of being Latino in America, overcoming adversity, and a wide range of other Latino-specific topics.
Latinx Therapy: An organization that is working to remove the stigma of mental healthcare in the Latinx community and make conversations about therapy more accessible to Latinxs.
Agua y Sangre Healing: This holistic healing organization provides creative and spiritual outlets that aim to encourage healing, improve wellness, and improve mental health.