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The Response of African American Communities to Addiction: An Opportunity for Treatment Providers

The Response of African American Communities to Addiction: An Opportunity for Treatment Providers

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Posted in: Race, Ethnicity & Culture
The closing decades of the twentieth century were marked by a rise in culturally indigenous responses to alcohol and other drug problems in the African American community and a consistent call for more culturally sensitive and competent addiction treatment services. This article provides a brief description of several indigenous recovery movements and discusses how addiction treatment agencies can collaborate with these movements to better respond to the needs of African American clients and families.