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

  1. People don’t plan on becoming addicts because they wanted to.
  2. While public perception of addiction and recovery is getting better, it’s still an ongoing battle in treating the issues more seriously, in terms of policy and government.
  3. The total costs associated with addiction end up around $350 billion.
  4. There seems to be a pattern with the way mass media is all over covering celebrities who are ‘self-destructing’ through addiction, yet when those same people get better, they disappear from the headlines.
  5. Parents are often blamed for when their children are dealing with drugs, addiction, etc., but the brunt of the blame can be placed on our health system.
  6. The tradition and principle of anonymity that came with the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous-like groups has now become a source of confusion and withdrawal in the way people in long-term recovery feel about voicing their situations to the public.
  7. It was interesting to see how the ’70s was a time when celebrities, politicians, sports stars, etc. were all dedicated and vocal in addressing the issue of alcoholism and how they themselves were dealing with it.
  8. There aren’t enough high schools in the country designated for students who are dealing with addiction and recovery, yet they are so crucial in providing an atmosphere for students who are in a period of time where drugs and alcohol are all around them.
  9. Since 1985, 80 percent of the increase in federal imprisonment rates came from drug offenders.
  10. There are people like Carol McDaid and Jim Ramstad who are fighting for policy changes geared toward aiding those dealing with addiction and long-term recovery. But “community is the backbone” of the recovery advocacy movement.

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Albert Hong

Albert Hong is a senior journalism major and digital technologies minor at Temple University. Contact Albert at albert.hong@temple.edu.

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By Albert Hong