For decades, tension has existed between addictions counselors and clients based upon a widely held belief by counselors that there is only one way to recover, leading to client resistance to treatment, premature termination, and relapse, as the client’s approach to recovery has been commonly ignored. This article outlines multiple pathways of recovery among African American men, and it also offers clinical recommendations for service providers who work with these men.
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