As the stigma of addiction increased in the 1980's the center of addictions treatment shifted from treatment centers to prisons. One way to decrease stigma is to highlight successful individuals in long term addictions recovery. Please scroll down to view African American Celebrities in long term recovery.

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Jay Williams. Former NBA player

Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award Wining Actor, Comedian and Talk Show Host

Samuel L. Jackson, Actor

Natalie Cole, Singer

Jada Pinkett Smith, Actor

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Malcolm X, Activist

Oprah Winfrey, Television Network Owner, Actor

John Lucas, Sr., NBA Basketball Coach and Player

Naomi Campbell, Super Model, Actor

T.I., Rapper

Wendy Williams, Talk Show Host

Herb Kent, Rock-in-roll hall of fame DJ

Chaka Khan, Singer

Mary J. Blige, Singer

Nicole Richie, Reality TV Star, Actor

Queen Latifah, Actress, Singer, Rapper


Monifah, Singer

Darryl Strawberry, Former American professional baseball player

Vanity, Singer

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Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Former American football linebacker

Dwight "Doc" Godden, Former American professional baseball pitcher

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr., Singer