Throughout the African American community, individuals and
organizations ranging from churches to schools to drug treatment
centers are fighting the widespread use of crack cocaine. To put
that fight in a larger cultural context, Doin' Drugs explores
historical patterns of alcohol and drug use from pre-slavery Africa
to present-day urban America.
William Henry James and Stephen Lloyd Johnson document the role
of alcohol and other drugs in traditional African cultures, among
African slaves before the American Civil War, and in contemporary
African American society, which has experienced the epidemics of
marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, and gangs since the beginning of
this century. The authors zero in on the interplay of addiction and
race to uncover the social and psychological factors that underlie
James and Johnson also highlight many culturally informed
programs, particularly those sponsored by African American
churches, that are successfully breaking the patterns of addiction.
The authors hope that the information in this book will be used to
train a new generation of counselors, ministers, social workers,
nurses, and physicians to be better prepared to face the epidemic
of drug addiction in African American communities.
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