- 23 million Americans have found and sustained recovery.
- Addiction costs the country $350 billion every year, but only 2 percent of that goes toward prevention.
- You’ll commonly hear advocates of recovery use phrases like “Hi, my name is [BLANK] and I am a person in long-term recovery which means to me, [BLANK].”
- If the public treated addiction the way it treats breast cancer or AIDS, the fight for perceiving addiction as a public health crisis, not a moral failure, would be a lot easier.
- The principle of anonymity encouraged by AA caused controversy, but the organization has helped millions of people find and sustain recovery.
- One in three teenagers meet the criteria for addiction.
- Options, like sober high schools and recovery dorms on college campuses, are offered in some states.
- Just as the recovery movement began picking up steam, so did the drug war, which caused many addicts to be criminalized instead of being treated.
- Since 1985, about 80 percent of the federally incarcerated population is drug offenders.
- Nine out of 10 people who are addicted started using before they were 18 years old.
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