10 Things I Learned About Addiction From The Anonymous People

  1. Nothing impacts a person’s life more than addiction.
  2. There are 23 million people in recovery.
  3. Anonymity actually causes less awareness to be spread about drug addiction.
  4. Media never really has and until this day doesn’t treat it like an illness.
  5. Helping others be sober keeps some people going in recovery.
  6. Marty Mann was an early pioneer of addiction, championing for change in the way alcoholics are treated.
  7. $350 billion spent on treating addiction from the criminal justice costs to medical bills and loss of productivity in the workplace.
  8. Public reaction to addiction is different then the science behind addiction.
  9. How we talk about recovery is so important to the people recovering.
  10. Dick Van Dyke was an alcoholic and has spoken out about the stigma concerning it.

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Megan Milligan

Megan Milligan is a junior at Temple University, majoring in Journalism. A photographer, she loves traveling capturing everything along the way. She is from Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She was junior editor of the Delaware County Community College newspaper, The Communitarian. She has also contributed to both The Temple News and The Chestnut Hill Local. Contact Megan at tug67922@temple.edu.

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By Megan Milligan