10 Things I Learned About Addiction and Recovery From The Anonymous People

1.) Addiction is a mental disease, not just a personal failing of not jst saying no.

2.) Social stigma, discrimination, and negative media coverage surrounding addiction has made many stay quiet about their recovery.

3.) Yearly, the United States pays $350 billion per year for substance abuse.

4.) A lot of process to break the stigma behind addiction was making trides in the early and late 70’s, but was sent backwards during the war on drugs in the 80’s.

5.) With this war on drugs, it has been documented that since 1985, around 80 percent of the criminal population has been drug offenders.

6.) 9/10 of people who identify as addicts, began using before the age of 18.

7.) There are programs around the country at college campuses and recovery high schools implemented to allow young adults to still recieve their education and foucs on their recovery as well.

8.) Discussion abou recovery and talking about the process is one of the best ways to keep a person in recovery.

9.) The anonymity aspect of recovery is a misunderstood concept and does not restrict people from talking about their recovery. It just means you should not release your programs name.

10.) 23 million peoople are currently in long term recovery.

About the author

Zachary Bourgeois

Zach Bourgeois is a junior Journalism major at Temple University. Zach has come into Temple unsure of his path in journalism, venturing off into several different aspect during his time at college. Experienced in reporting for music, sports, movies, and opinion pieces, Zach has also go on to produce, and host his own show on WHIP, the student run radio organization on campus. Covering addiction holds a close connection to Zach personally and he hopes to bring that to the work you will see here. Contact Zach at tuf54317@temple.edu.

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