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NCJ Number: 200213 Find in a Library
Title: Response of African-American Communities to Alcohol and Other Drug Problems: An Opportunity for Treatment Providers
Journal: Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly  Volume:20  Issue:3/4  Dated:2002  Pages:167-174
Author(s): Mark Sanders LCSW
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 8
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the growing indigenous addiction recovery movements within African-American communities and discusses the potential for delivering culturally relevant treatment programs through collaboration.
Abstract: During the 1960’s and 1970’s, there was a growing response to the problem of alcoholism, with treatment centers cropping up around the Nation. There was also a growing awareness of alcoholism as a major problem within African-American communities. The author describes the emergence and growth of indigenous addiction recovery movements in African-American communities as an effort to deliver culturally sensitive and relevant alcoholism treatment. Five recovery movements are discussed in some detail: Glide Memorial Methodist Church, One Church-One Addict, Free-N-One, Nation of Islam, and African-American Survivors Organization. The author notes that the professional treatment community is faced with an unprecedented opportunity to learn from these indigenous movements how best to treat and heal members of the African-American communities; collaboration between indigenous healers and treatment providers is recommended. References
Main Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Black/African Americans
Index Term(s): Alcoholism; Cultural influences; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment techniques
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