recovery and the war on drugs

I’m a black person, and if I were to die of an opioid overdose, my mother would not say anything about my overdose death, because she is working against stereotypes of black women as addicts and sex workers.
— Dr. Helena Hansen, NYU School of Medicine

recovery Management vs. Acute Care

The foundational premise of the recovery management approach is that severe substance misuse is a chronic disorder affected by multiple interacting components, including historical, political, economic and sociocultural circumstances. Modern addiction treatment emphasizes acute-care model of treatment - helping people stabilize and achieve abstinence. Addiction treatment researchers suggest adopting the sustained recovery management to treat people of color, as it is more responsive than acute care.


Racial and ethnic Disparities in substance misuse treatment

More than one-third of the approximately two million people entering publicly funded substance abuse treatment in the United States do not complete treatment. Additionally, racial and ethnic minorities with addiction disorders, who constitute approximately 40 percent of the admissions in publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs, may be particularly at risk for poor outcomes.