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

  1. Addiction affects about 2/3 of American families, so everyone is or has been in contact with someone who is struggling with addiction.
  2. The origin to de-stigmatize addiction started in the 1960s but took a back seat to the War on Drugs in the early 1970’s.
  3. Colleges and universities do you have collegiate recovery housing for students in long-term recovery.
  4. The first 12 step program came about in 1935.
  5. Addiction is about a $350 billion industry in the majority of that funding goes to incarceration and inside of rehabilitation.
  6. Drug related crimes in the U.S. count for roughly 16% of the incarcerated population within State penitentiary’s.
  7. People that live in long term recovery often do so in silence because of all the negative connotation that are associated with addiction and recovery.
  8. The only to change public policy is to change the publics perception of addiction and to better fund to recovery efforts.
  9. Advocacy groups in the 1980s successfully diminish the stigma surrounding AIDS and HIV.
  10. The language we use is incredibly important to advocate for recovery. No one likes to be described as a alcoholic or junkie thats why using “long term recovery” is very important we should be focusing on recovery.

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Jacob Martin

Student athlete Jacob Martin is a junior journalism major in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. Over the three years he has been a Temple student, he has developed as a skill for journalism design. As he embarks on this new journey in solutions journalism he seeks to particularize his ability in solutions journalism writing. Jacob has not been personally affected by addition but knows that this is one community that needs to be brought to light. He is very thrilled to be apart of this solutions journalism team and cannot wait to help put an end to the negative social connotations that surround addiction. Contact Jacob at jacob.martin@temple.edu.

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By Jacob Martin