Our world has reached a boiling point. We’re standing on the precipice of cultural chaos; a result of a festering problem ignored for far too long.
The cries of the minority have finally reached the ears of the majority and people are hungry for change. More and more we are waking up to the consequences of racism and its effects on our institutions and systems, including healthcare, and yes, including treatment and recovery spaces.
In 2019, I attended a well known conference on recovery and addiction treatment. And in a room of 200 plus experts, I was one of no more than ten Black attendees. There was a powerful session entitled “Power and Privilege in Addiction Treatment” that tackled the difficult topic of racism and the drug wars of the 1980s in relation to the current Opioid epidemic. The 95% white audience openly struggled to maintain their objectivity. Most sat stoically with clenched fists. Tension filled the auditorium. The presenter closed to very little applause.
We can no longer afford to ignore it.
Racism is a pubic health issue and a form of trauma. And even though it’s hard to talk about we have to figure out a way to discuss and address it. It can no longer go untreated.
I work with organizations that are looking to embrace anti-racism work. Those who want to embrace inclusivity whose leaders want to insure that their spaces are open, safe and affirming.
As an organization looking to do anti-racist work, you don’t have to have it all figured out.
You just have to be willing to continuously improve.
Contact me at email@example.com to discuss your group or organizational anti-racism training needs. I look forward to leading this very important conversation with you.