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Curated by JUUST Living, Recovery Organization Resources, Helios Recovery Services and The Privilege Institute

©2014-2024 All Rights Reserved America & Moore, LLC

“We need to heal. If we do not heal, we doom future generations."

– Dr. Joy Degruy


This challenge is for folx in recovery, who are looking for racial equity resources to challenge you in your thinking about white supremacy culture and the devastation it has wrought –– especially upon Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) bodies, minds and spirits. This edition connects you with contemporary BIPOC recovery resources that complement your recovery through historical understanding of the failed drug war, learning about disproportionate access to services, and discovering how to become a co-conspirator in creating the #MooreBeautiful and just world we all know is possible.

For too long, the recovery field has been dominated solely by the 12 step movement and archaic drug treatment industry movement, which was created by and for upper-middle-class cis-white-het men and sustained through drug war policies and economic privilege. Historically, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folx have been uncomfortable, isolated, unwelcomed, and underrepresented in recovery support settings. We are grateful that it is changing in some ways, and for the multiple pathways to recovery. (Many of us are also grateful for the 12 step movement that has saved our own and so many other lives.) Our goal here is to open up recovery resources, beyond the traditional Euro-centric 20th century recovery movement. Whether you are one of the Global Majority or White, we hope you find something here. #MooreSuggestions welcomed.


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How I’m Learning to Be a Black, Sober, and Sex-Positive Lesbian


Nia Tucker

The Temper

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How Sobriety Allows Me To Do Anti-Racism Work


Priscila Garcia-Jacquier

The Temper

Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X

Addiction in the African American Community: The Recovery Legacies of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X


William L. White, Mark Sanders, and Tanya Sanders

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White People go to Rehab, Black People go to Jail


Amy Dresner and Joe Schrank 

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Recovery Equity is Better than “One Size Fits All” Sobriety


Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. and Ryan Hampton

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The War on Drugs That Wasn't: Wasted Whiteness, “Dirty Doctors,” and Race in Media Coverage of Prescription Opioid Misuse


Julie Netherland, PhD, Deputy State Director and Helena B. Hansen, MD PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology

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The Future of Healing: Shifting from Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement


Shawn Ginwright

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Crack Wasn’t the Real Problem*

Dr. Karl Hart

*Requires subscription

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How to Make Anti-Racist Work a Part of Your Recovery Program

Nicole Slaughter Graham

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The First Step to Recovery Is Admitting Your Not Powerless Over Your Privilege

Jessica Hoppe


A Word for White People, in Two Parts (Poem)


Adrienne Maree Brown

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Systemic Racism and Addiction: What’s the Connection?


Susan Sanchez, MS, MSW


Access most where you listen to podcasts

The Fellowship

Addiction & Recovery Sermon


Jesse Heffernan RCP Helios Recovery

(20 minutes)

C4 Innovations

Recovery LIVE! Supporting Recovery for All: Racial Equity in Recovery Support (BRSS TACS Event)

C4 Innovations


The Art of Recovery, African American

Mark Harris and Craig Lasha

DiversiTV, Lane Community College Media Services

(58 minutes)

CARE of the SOUL in the Coronavirus Cocoon for Recovery Coaches

Art Woodard, CCAR Recovery Coach

(1 hour episodes)

Colors of Recovery


National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)

(3 minutes each)

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong


Johann Hari

(15 minutes)

Telling the Truth: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Addiction Recovery World


Phillip Ruttherford


(1 hour, 4 minutes)


*The curating team had mixed feelings about this movie.  Read a good blog post about the complications.

(2 hours, 22 minutes)

Coded Bias*


Shalini Kantayya

(1 hour, 30 minutes)


Beyond Standing Rock Documentary*


Brian Malone

(1 hour)




Barry Jenkins

*Apple TV,  Google Play, Hulu, Max, and Vudu

(1 hour, 51 minutes)


Take care of yourself.


Choose your spiritual practice:  daily, reflective, with a teacher or accountability partner:

Continue to learn about the cultural context in which racism and the “drug war” and “mass incarceration” are inextricable.


Convey to all in your circle that all lives won’t matter until Black and brown lives matter equally as much as white lives historically have.



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Follow racial justice activists, educators, organizations, and movements on social media. (You can explore posts without having an account.) Consider connecting with any of the people or organizations you learn from other actions.


Pro Tip: Check out who these organizations follow, quote, share, and retweet to find more people and organizations to follow.

Pro Tip: Check out who these organizations follow, quote, share, and retweet to find more people and organizations to follow.

We recommend going to websites and link to the social media platforms each person/organization uses.

Sober Brown Girls

Recovery Organization Resources

The Privilege Institute

Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.

The Temper

Anti-Oppression Resources, Somatic Experiencing:  not recovery-oriented, but somatic trauma healing, which is important for everyone with addictions. 

Mālama Project - Mālama Project seeks to provide a space where all students in recovery can feel safe, accepted, understood, and empowered. Cultural sensitivity and congruent practices, grounded in traditional Hawaiian values, are embedded in Mālama Projects practice. Mālama Project embraces all forms of recovery and students at any point in their journey. 

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The Wellness Coop – Recovery support services for BIPOC folx seeking or in recovery from Substance Use Disorder.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

White Bison, The Red Road to Wellbriety

Women for Sobriety – Helping women discover a happy New Life in recovery

Millati Islami Recovery – for Muslims

SMART Recovery – Science-based, self-empowered

Celebrate Recovery – Christian 12 step program



Difficult emotions––such as shame and anger––though uncomfortable to feel, can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impacts you and the people in your life.

Reflecting and journaling enhances learning. By using a 21-Day Reflect tool each day, you discover how much you are actually understanding and making meaning. It helps you to transform your personal experience into a learning experience, and thus build your racial equity habits.


Disrupting white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression can be emotionally taxing and exhausting. You will need to fuel up to stay in the work. We offer ideas to explore through the link below.

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