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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.

White Mothers[b] (and Fathers & Parents): Please take some time to choose a strategy or two or twenty and engage this in your homes and places of influence. We thank you for fighting this fight with us.
"Raising a (White) Anti-Racist Kid Wisdom, Hopes, Dreams, & Wishes from Mothers (and those that love like mothers) of Color"
Download The Ally + Accomplice Meditation for Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset
Center for Racial Healing
Why is it important to talk with children about what happened to George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality or racism in the news.
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What Do We Tell Our Children?
In light of recent events, please find resources regarding help for racial and LGBTQ trauma and related issues.
Racial Trauma and Self-Care
Watch a video titled, "Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police" by Cut
Speaking to Black Children on How to Deal With the Police
Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
Talking Race With Young Children
This is guide seems very helpful for how to talk about race. There are more resources at the bottom for people to peruse.
The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations
Article on Black Trauma and Showing Up at Work
Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not
Healing Racial Trauma

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.

Understanding the history of racial injustice
A History of Racial Injustice (calendar)
TEDx Talk
Allegories on Race and Racism by Camara Phyllis Jones (video)
This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Anti-Racism Resources for White People
Currently, Black Americans are at a higher risk of substance use disorders being characterized as a criminal issue rather than medical issue. In fact, the American Addiction Centers reported that even though “African Americans make up (only) 12.5% of illicit drug users,” a staggering 33% of those incarcerated for drugs are African American. The report also states that African American Americans are less likely to recover from drug and alcohol use even after treatment because our current recovery options are not set up to meet this particular population’s needs. Staffing is too white. Resources do not address the African American population’s unique life experiences or mental health needs.
Anti-Racism Work in Recovery Spaces
TEDx Talk
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race by Jay Smooth (video)
Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.
Ibram X. Kendi's Antiracist Reading List
Data and Statistics
Mapping Police Violence
This is website is “designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level.”
Racial Equity Tools
Trainings and Resource — Safe Black Space is creating opportunities for Black people to heal and thrive.
Safe Black Space
This guided resource is to help address certain phrases (e.g., “I don’t see color”) or viewpoints (e.g., “I can’t be racist because my husband/wife/child/etc. is black”) that can still perpetuate racist ideologies in spaces. There are activities, podcasts, videos, articles, and books to look at and read. There are also specific resources at the bottom for the Christian Community towards the end of the document.
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
Even with our supposed raising of consciousness, our hearts have yet to catch up to our minds.
The Empathy Crisis of White America by Phillip Picardi
The Melanated Social Work Podcast is hosted by four men of color within the field of social work; Josh McNeil, Marvin Toliver, Michael Grinnell, and Jesse Wiltey. Join us as we discuss social work, mental health, politics, music, liberation and many other topics.
The Melanated Social Work Podcast
Talking about race is hard. It often involves hurt feelings and misunderstandings. And the words and phrases we use can either push those conversations forward or bring them to a standstill. One such term: white tears.
When the 'White Tears' Keep Coming by Leah Donnella
Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
"I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring
dominance on my group."
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
These sections are based on the work of Daniel Buford, a lead trainer with the People’s Institute
for Survival and Beyond who has done extensive research on white supremacy culture.
White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun
Get Educated
Take Action

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.

To get workplace diversity and inclusion right, you need to build a culture where everyone feels valued and heard.
6 Steps for Building an Inclusive Workplace
Note this article is continually updated to ensure each item is accurate and needed today.
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
American Civil Liberties Union
The increasingly diverse demographics of the United States and the rising share of educational and consequent financial capital possessed by people of color are beginning to force organizations across sectors to rethink models of success and how to ensure sustainability in the future.
Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization
The government of Canada recently made headlines for their blind hiring pilot project: removing candidates’ names before hiring managers review their applications.
Blind Hiring: A How-To Guide To Reduce Bias & Increase Diversity
The resources and tools in this section are intended to help groups create an action plan to reach racial equity goals, and to do so using more racially equitable processes – that is, ones that acknowledge systemic and individual privilege, racism and power.
Create an Action Plan for Racial Equity
This might be helpful for organizations to offer support for African American staff members and ways to make the organization more equitable for African American people.
How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been for Centuries)
CALL and write to your state legislators about racial justice-minded legislation.
Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
NAACP Website and Resources
The Institute’s mission is to empower New Jersey residents to realize and achieve their full potential. Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the Institute is known for its dynamic and independent advocacy aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant, and healthy communities.
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity
Racial Equity Toolkit

Recommended Reading

The National Association of Social Workers: New Jersey Chapter has provided a list of recommended readings related to the topic of racism.

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a refreshing approach that will radically reorient America on the urgent issues of race, justice, and equality.

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
"How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
“One of the most influential books of the last 20 years.”
—Chronicle of Higher Education

“Two years after Obama’s election, Alexander put the entire criminal justice system on trial, exposing racial discrimination from lawmaking to policing to the denial of voting rights to ex-prisoners. This bestseller struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Times

“[The New Jim Crow] transformed forever the way thinkers and activists view the phenomenon of mass incarceration.”
"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander (2010)
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.
"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
Recommended Reading

LGBTQ+ Resources

Research shows that sexual minorities are at greater risk for substance use disorders compared to those who identify as heterosexual. With discrimination, limited services, and societal pressure playing contributing roles in high addiction rates for LGBTQ+ individuals, actionable change is needed to ensure better access to care and treatment. Below are a variety of organizations and resources which support and uplift the LGBTQ+ community.

About GLAAD Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative. Changing the culture. That's GLAAD at work.
GLAAD LGBTQ Resource List
New Jersey's Largest LGBTQ Advocacy & Education Organization
Garden State Equality
Kaleidoscope is a community-based Gay-Straight Alliance. Kaleidoscope offers monthly student-led meetings in a safe, supportive environment for LGBTQ+ and allied teens to gather, socialize, organize, and help each other.
Kaleidoscope: Youth-centric LGBTQ Program Providing Support and Guidance to South Jersey Teens
DCF supports the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ Resource List From NJ Department of Youth and Family Services
Every LGBT organization in NJ is invited to list events on our calendar and add information about their group. This is a free service for our community.
NJ LGBTQ+ Organization List
The William Way LGBT Community Center encourages, supports and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational and cultural programming.
William Way LBGT Community Center of PA
LGBTQ+ Resources
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