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

  1. 25 million people in the United States suffer from addiction
  2. 2/3 of American families are affected by addiction
  3. People who participate in 12-step program are taught to use specific language to talk about their addiction. Language is crucial when informing outside people about recovery from addiction
  4. Addiction is an illness, not a choice, most people cannot simply stop.
  5. Many 12-step programs include anonymity clauses in their code of conduct. This has caused much confusion amongst members of 12-step programs in past and continues to do so.
  6. 23 million Americans are living in long-term recovery
  7. Though untreated addiction costs America over 350 billion dollars every year very little of it goes towards preventing it
  8. Every year there are marches all over the country in support of people living in long-term recovery from addiction
  9. The majority of people in US prisons are incarcerated for drug-related crimes, around 80%
  10. There are a number of high schools throughout the United States with addiction recovery based programs

About the author

Fede Gillespie-Anderson

Hailing from Brooklyn NY, Fede ZyMoon Gillespie-Anderson is a Freshman Economics major at Temple University. While he is currently majoring in economics, he is still unsure what he intends to study for the majority of his college career and is exploring a wide range of subjects. Contact ZyMoon at tug56783@temple.edu.

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