Race, Ethnicity and Culture
Paramabandhu Groves, 2014
The wisdom side of enlightenment includes a detailed understanding of the workings of the mind, as well as practices to help move towards enlightenment. Over the last twenty years, the value of elements of this for the treatment of addiction, have begun to be explored in the West.
IMPROVING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH INCLUSION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN RECOVERY ADVOCACY EFFORTS
Angelo Lagares, Founder, Latino Recovery Advocates Certificate Recovery Specialist Bilingual Resource Specialist NCRC-I
Language matters. It’s a phrase often spoken among recovery advocates, and generally refers to shifting the way we speak about addiction and recovery so that we reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorders. There is evidence behind the movement, with one study noting that even mental health professionals were more likely to favor punitive over therapeutic measures if a case history referred to a patient as a “substance abuser” instead of a person with a “substance use disorder”.1 The conversation about “people first” language is an important dialogue to have, as stigmatizing words can foster an environment that is hostile to treatment and recovery. It is vital that we shift the language so that shame ceases to be a barrier to those seeking help. Furthermore, we must ensure that recovery messaging is carried to ALL who need to hear it. Too often, minority populations are left out of the conversation.
Tom Hill and William White, 2015
For participants of the current recovery advocacy movement, there is much to learn from previous social movements. Lessons of considerable import can be gleaned from the movements that intersected in the 1960s, including the civil rights movement, the black power movement, the new left and anti-war movements, the women’s movement, and the gay liberation movement. While all of these are worthy of study, the gay liberation movement holds certain parallels, strategies, and lessons that may be of particular interest.