Healing Resources


Empowering Change in Our Community

Across the nation, people of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which discussions about race, bigotry, and culture are at the forefront of their everyday lives. Many people tend to avoid these discussions because they fear the unknown and uncomfortable feelings that arise.

Simply put, the effect of racism and racial trauma on substance abuse is real and cannot be ignored. A study published by Purdue University about the links between racial mistreatment and substance abuse found that 90% of those surveyed reported daily discrimination. Beyond that, there is a large disparity in access to treatment for communities of color. Actionable steps need to be taken to change these facts.


NJPN realizes these are difficult times, and encourage you to check in with your loved ones and neighbors. To be mindful of their pain and any racial trauma, as you continue to provide support and care. We are providing a list of healing resources that can be useful for yourself, providers and anyone else as you see fit.

Healing Racial Trauma

Discrimination and social pressures play a significant role in substance use within communities of color. Below are a variety of resources intended to help heal racial trauma.

"Raising a (White) Anti-Racist Kid Wisdom, Hopes, Dreams, & Wishes from Mothers (and those that love like mothers) of Color"
Center for Racial Healing
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What Do We Tell Our Children?
Racial Trauma and Self-Care
Speaking to Black Children on How to Deal With the Police
Talking Race With Young Children
The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations
Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

Get Educated

Understanding the history of racial injustice and talking about it can be very difficult. Below are a variety of articles, videos, podcasts, and other resources which can provide insight on these important topics and help inspire actionable change.

A History of Racial Injustice (calendar)
Allegories on Race and Racism by Camara Phyllis Jones (video)
Anti-Racism Resources for White People
Anti-Racism Work in Recovery Spaces
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race by Jay Smooth (video)
Ibram X. Kendi's Antiracist Reading List
Mapping Police Violence
Racial Equity Tools
Safe Black Space
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
The Empathy Crisis of White America by Phillip Picardi
The Melanated Social Work Podcast
When the 'White Tears' Keep Coming by Leah Donnella
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun

Take Action

Steps need to be taken in order to close the gaps on the link between discrimination and substance abuse as well as the disparity of access to treatment in communities of color. Below you'll find guides, toolkits, action plans, and other resources on how to reduce hate and create a more equitable world.

6 Steps for Building an Inclusive Workplace
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
American Civil Liberties Union
Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization
Blind Hiring: A How-To Guide To Reduce Bias & Increase Diversity
Create an Action Plan for Racial Equity
How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been for Centuries)
Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action