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Addiction & Mental Health Resources for the Black Community

Everyone’s journey to recovery is unique — but when it comes to treatment the Black community experiences more barriers to treatment than other groups.

Attention to the addiction epidemic has focused primarily on White suburban and rural communities. Less attention has focused on Black communities which are similarly experiencing dramatic increases in opioid misuse and overdose deaths.

In our commitment to ensure that members of the Black community have access to recovery, prevention, and mental health resources, we have curated a list of recovery and mental health resources specifically for the Black community.

Resources on Addiction & Substance Use Disorder:

Resources for Mental Health:

Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in America among African American Adults
Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in America among African American Adults

Stories of Recovery:


  • Black Mental Health with Reginald A. Howard: The black mental health podcast is dedicated to understanding and unraveling the mental issues in the African American community.
  • Getting Your Sh*t Together: Each Thursday, join Cynthia, a Brooklynite in her 30s as she adjusts to being sober (it’s a thing), while navigating this crazy thing called life…one day at a time.
  • Therapy for Black Girls: A weekly chat about mental health, personal development, and more for Black women and girls.
  • The Friend Zone: Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health and mental wealth.

The Friend Zone podcast

Videos on Addiction and Mental Health in the Black Community:

  • Let’s Quit Abusing Drug Users” (via TEDMED): Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy.
  • Surviving Addiction: A Path To Healing: Actor and Comedian, Tommy Davidson, discusses his experiences with racism and addiction.
  • Black Mental Health Matters: Phillip J. Roundtree discusses his own mental health journey and the impact of trauma on mental health.
  • Tackling Mental Health Stigma: Learn how NAMI Ambassador Chris Hubbard, offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns is tackling stigma by encouraging young athletes to take care of their mental health.
  • Confronting Mental Illness: Actor and rapper, Kid Cudi, confronts mental illness, addresses substance use disorder that co-occurs with mental illness, and helps to break down the stigma attached to mental illness within the African American community.
Red Table Talk
Red Table Talk, courtesy of Facebook

Organizations Focused on Addiction & Mental Health in the Black Community:

  • Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: Founded by actress Taraji P. Henson, the foundation works to increase mental health care access, and decrease mental health stigma, in Black communities.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance: an organization that connects individuals with therapists and provides professional training.
  • The Confess Project: working to change conversations about mental health in communities of color by utilizing barbers to connect with Black men.
  • Ethel’s Club: social and wellness community where paying members can access group workouts, guided meditations, wellness salons and art workshops as part of the healing process.
  • National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: seeks to address the particularly traumatic burden experienced by queer and trans communities of color by reimagining conventional mental health systems.