The best way to overcome an addiction is to engage in a long term, inpatient treatment program that is licensed. It is statistically proven to be the best option for a promising recovery. Through a system of medically and clinically tried and tested methods, treatment centers provide recovering addicts with much higher rates of success than any other method. This type of treatment is necessary because addiction not only changes the body, but also the brain. Science has recently been successful in visibly and scientifically understanding the chemical changes that drugs cause to the brain. This requires, sometimes, medical supervision and professional rehabilitation practices. There are thousands of treatment options available across the country. There are centers that are free, accept insurance, expensive, luxurious, simple, active, holistic etc. A treatment center or every addict wanting to get help for their addiction, but are there some that are limited to certain races?

Addict Lives Matter?

The Black Lives Matter movement continues to be a hot topic for our nation. The movement looks to bring to light the race injustices that Blacks continue to face in this contemporary world. Some fifty-plus years from Civil Rights era race inequalities and the nation seems to continue to struggle. This matter rose from, what seemed to be, an increase in police shootings of Blacks. Current statistics, depending on the source, may portray a different picture in the overall scene of police shootings when compared to media coverage, but that is not the purpose of this discussion. Does race affect an addict’s ability to receive treatment? An interesting comparison, enlightened by Mr. McKissack, between the crack epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s and today’s opioid epidemic. The former problem was ‘remedied’ with increased arrested, increased police action and harsher sentences. Today’s problem is getting a much more clinical remedy. This in itself may seem directly race related, as heroin and other opiates are striking all levels of White (and Black) American. The advancement of science can easily be seen as the catalyst for this change. It could also be the simplicity that punishment has never worked. Looking at nearly all genres of deviance; there is also a significant percent of recidivism.

Race in Treatment Centers

At this moment there is no significant information arguing that treatment centers are using racism to determine their patients acceptance into a program or not. The purpose of treatment centers is to help addicts overcome their addictions. A treatment center does not see race, but rather they see a person suffering from the affliction of addiction. An issue that is destroying millions of lives. The only thing that race can affect is an addict’s view of themselves and society’s view of an addict. Preconceived notions about different races addict’s is a result of society’s overall image of different races. Unfortunately in the eyes of racists, Black addicts may be viewed as criminals, while White addicts may be viewed as distraught victims of weakness, depression, pressure or the ‘plight of the upper middle class lifestyle’. In either case, the stereotype is false. Judging an individual by their appearance/race is wrong, archaic and ignorant. Addicts of all shapes, races and genders need help to get sober. Treatment should never be race based.  Get help for an addict for yourself or a loved one once an addiction is noticed or detected. There are thousands of treatment centers and options available across the nation. If you or someone you know experiences any type of racism at or from a treatment center, then speak with authorities about the issue. Addiction treatment is for everyone.