To normalize recovery through healthy and positive social interactions.
An innovative leader in recovery who promotes self-actualization, healthy relationships, and positive social skills.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Minority Recovery Collective Inc. (MRCI, pronounced mercy), was founded in 2018 by Indy native, Natasha M. Cheatham. Inspired by living with and taking care of her mother, who struggles with addiction and mental illness, Natasha started MRCI to provide safe, sober spaces and a platform for people of color in or seeking recovery to promote healthy and positive social (re)integration.
With the recent surge of recovery programs and supports in response to the opioid epidemic, Natasha realized that current practices tend to neglect the culture and voice of individuals, families and communities of color. In addition, she noticed that the aspect of social skills (re)development outside of 12 Step Programs was lacking. Because alcohol (and substance use in general) have been normalized by pop culture and is now embedded into the majority of social activities, those in recovery often feel that their social life is lacking. Making it that much harder to maintain a sober lifestyle, while reinforcing isolation and other detrimental behaviors.
The ultimate goal of MRCI is to be an innovative leader in recovery who promotes self-actualization, individual recovery, and healthy, positive relationships and social skills. As a Community Health Worker, Certified Recovery Specialist (CHW/CRS) Natasha, with the help of dedicated partners and volunteers, has developed programming that is not only culturally competent, it also promotes the importance of peer supports. Through Sober Socials, presentations, trainings, a budding recovery support group, and a youth curriculum, MRCI is dedicated to fostering the healing and sustained wellness of communities of color.
MRCI utilizes intervention and prevention measures curated for youth (ages 13-17) and young adults (ages 18-29).
When recovery is attained, wellness sustains.
Starting your recovery journey is the first step to a lifelong committment of wellness. Your nutrition, mental health, financial security, home stability and physical wellness are all intertwined. It isn’t until we understand the necessity of balancing all aspects of our lives that we will truly understand what it means to be whole.