Shari Hampton on Racial Bias in Addiction Treatment

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In this video, the nationally renowned recovery coach talks about how systemic barriers prevent some of our most vulnerable populations from receiving care

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Racial bias touches every aspect of society, says Shari Hampton. It’s only logical, then, that addiction treatment and recovery also are affected by racial attitudes.

In this video, the nationally recognized recovery coach discusses the various ways racism prevents certain populations from receiving the help they need. “When you talk about racism and recovery, I think we have to admit and agree that recovery systems—treatment systems—are all swimming in the other systems,” she says. “So, the systems of healthcare, the systems of criminal justice, the systems of employment—all of those systems are impacted by systemic racism.”

The video is part of our Recovery Reimagined series, a collaboration been and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) that searches for innovative approaches to treating addiction and mental health issues. The clip comes from an extensive interview with Hampton and fellow recovery coach Ester Nicholson. You can read the complete interview here.

While you’re at it, read our Recovery Reimagined interviews with John Kelly and Matt Vogl. Both men speak eloquently about what needs to happen to improve addiction and mental health outcomes.

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