To reduce the negative impact of alcohol and drug use, abuse and dependency in the Black Communities, families and individuals by providing or ensuring the delivery of quality chemical dependency and related services.
Chemical Dependency is a family illness, primary, progressive and pathological, love trust relationship with a mood-altering chemical. The chemical is used at the repeated expense of the user’s values and goals. The illness can best be prevented diagnosed and treated if we take into account the cultural context in which the misuse or abuse occurred.
Oval L. Miller Sr.-Founder/CEO
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER:
Oval L. Miller Sr.
The Black Alcohol/Drug Service Information Center (BASIC) is a community-based agency that provides comprehensive culturally sensitive alcohol and drug abuse services in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and New Orleans, Louisiana. BASIC was established in 1983, as a pilot project of the St. Louis Foundation for Alcoholism and Related Dependencies. In 1994, BASIC INC became a Louisiana Corporation and replicated the services in Orleans Parish, with initial funding from the Lupen Foundation.
This non-traditional modality included along with Alcoholic’s Anonymous/Narcotic’s Anonymous, the incorporation of the clients culture and areas of emotional pain associated with “cultural survival fatigue” in America. The programs goal is not one of merely cessation of addictive behaviors, but one of positively impacting the lifestyle of people of color, utilizing new and innovative strategies, that increase self esteem, self worth and cultural pride.
The intentional positioning of crack cocaine and heroin in urban communities across the country has caused a loveless, hopeless and purposeless reaction within urban and rural families. In an effort to make a difference, BASIC has become a pioneer in substance abuse treatment, across the country. We have set the standards for other agencies that service non-white substance abusers, if they are to be successful.