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Philly Therapist Launches ‘N—a Recovery Program’

By// Mariah Craddick

There’s no question that the n-word is one of the most controversial words in the English language. But could you be addicted to saying it? Social worker and family therapist Abena Afreeka thinks so.

After years of development, Afreeka decided to launch the “Nigga Recovery Program” for those “addicted to the use of the word ‘nigger.'” She told the The Philly Post that the Jay-Z and Kanye West song “Niggas in Paris” motivated her to set the program in motion:

As I understand it, the song by Jay-Z and Kanye West ‘Niggas in Paris’ is nominated for two Grammy Awards. It is certainly a precedent to have it as a viable candidate for the Grammy, using a word that has such  historically offensive background.

According to Afreeka, the program is rooted in theories of addiction science and will take the form of group meetings:

They will meet with me in a group. It’s a group intervention. There would also be some individual work. They would complete a cultural genogram, they would learn to understand their relationships, their history, they would work to learn and understand self. This is substance abuse, the substance being using the N-word. And many of them are benefitting from using that substance.

Interesting concept for a recovery program, to say the least.