Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Our Voices, Our Health: Gripped by Gambling, Pt 2

Thursday, December 7th 2017

Our Voices, Our Health: Gripped by Gambling

Part 2: Overcoming Shame & Stigma


Previously on Part I of Gripped by Gambling, Carlos discussed how the temptations behind gambling strained his relationship with his son. In Part 2, Carlos and Myron discuss the importance of language access and support groups as well as the difficulties of navigating the shame and stigma associated with addiction within Asian American communities. Click here to listen to Part I of Carlos’ story.

Due to language and cultural barriers, finding the right resources for gambling addiction can be difficult. Being enrolled in health coverage can help open more options to culturally sensitive mental health, substance use, and behavioral health services. It is critical to share stories like Carlos’ to raise awareness about the critical need for culturally and linguistically appropriate gambling addiction services and providers for all, including for Asian Americans.

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The National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) is dedicated to preventing and reducing substance use disorder and other addictions in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through research, advocacy, education, and capacity building.

napafa.pngFor more information, please contact NAPAFASA:
Address: 340 E. Second Street Suite 409, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number: (213) 625-5795

This series was produced by Advancing Justice-LA, with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate word.

Advancing Justice-LA would like to thank the following Funders for their generous support of this project: The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, Covered California, DentaQuest Foundation, and Walter and Shirley Wang.


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