Challenges in Accessing Sobriety for BIPOC

Carolyn Collado

Carolyn Collado

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

Latiana Blue

Latiana Blue

Khadi Oluwatoyin

Khadi Oluwatoyin

Crystal Rosales

Crystal Rosales

Challenges in Accessing Sobriety Discussion Guide

A panel facilitated by Carolyn Collado, founder of Recovery for the Revolution.

Reflection Questions

What could you relate to from this panel discussion?

What challenges are you currently facing in accessing sobriety? Or challenges you've experienced in the past?

Mentioned Resources

Moderator, Carolyn Collado (they/them) is a writer, decolonial dreamer, and founding steward of Recovery for the Revolution. They are a queer, non-binary Afro-Taino neurodivergent human in long-term recovery and believe recovery from a decolonized, anti-oppression lens can point the collective towards liberation. They are passionate about naming and claiming how intergenerational colonial trauma and the prolonged pressures of capitalism impact our relationship to self, each other, the planet, and the divine. They believe bringing to light what we have hidden in shame and fear can help bring about transformative healing and community.
Latiana Blue (she/they) is a queer and Black sobriety writer, rare INFJ, and the founder of Office Hrs (@officehrs.online). Office Hrs is a mutual aid project and alcohol-free space for Black women and femmes, and people of marginalized genders. Latiana has been alcohol-free for nearly three years. Follow Office Hrs on Instagram, and connect with Latiana on Instagram and Twitter!
Khadi is an attorney and the founder of Sober Black Girls Club - an organization that focuses on health, wellness and sobriety among Black women. Khadi created Sober Black Girls Clubs in October of 2018 after noticing her own struggles with alcohol and the lack of digital support for women of color working towards sobriety. Since then, Khadi continues to provide consistent content through SBGC to support and connect women to pursue wellness, sobriety, social justice and much more.
After getting sober in Dec 2018 and never running more than a few miles, Crystal finally decided to pursue her dream of becoming a marathon runner. Sobriety and running have led her all over the city of Chicago to explore new neighborhoods, develop better coping mechanisms, join the Three Run Two running crew, share her story with the Chicago Tribune and even run her very first marathon during the pandemic. Crystal is also very passionate about helping create a safe space/community for sober BIPOC online and in Chicago.
Following a decade in recovery, Chris Marshall opened Sans Bar, a place that could bring together people who choose not to drink. In fact, he says they seem to connect on a deeper level, both with one another and with him behind the counter.