Overcoming Addiction – Treatment Considerations for D/deaf People

Read the full article on rehab4addiction’s website: https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/guides/overcoming-addiction-sensory-impaired

“Deaf children whose families do not learn to communicate with them are four times more likely to suffer from mental health disorders than those whose families communicate well with them.” – The Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addiction (IRETA)

Addiction treatment programmes often involve talking therapies and support groups – these can be difficult for D/deaf people to access.

“During the time spent in rehab, it is many of the informal discussions that take place outside of formal therapy sessions, for example during recreational or meal times, where ideas and coping strategies can be shared, helping individuals learn new skills and to feel some form of acceptance within a group. A deaf individual who does not have an interpreter, or who is unable to lip-read particularly well, will miss vital points of the conversation and will, therefore, be far less likely to benefit from this support.”-rehab4addiction.co.uk