1. Addiction affects 2/3rds of American families. Essentially, everyone knows someone who struggles with addiction.
  2. There was a moment in American history when addiction was not treated as a crime. Before the “War on Crime” in the 1980s, there was a period of activism within government to help out those struggling with addiction.
  3. Language is incredibly important. It’s no ideal to describe someone as a former alcoholic or a former drug addict. It’s better to describe someone as a person “in long-term recovery”. That way, it focuses the conversation on recovery and not the addiction.
  4. Many 12-step programs take place in church basements.
  5. Speaking about experiences dealing with the addiction does not automatically ruin the traditions of anonymity that is usually associated with certain 12-step programs, specifically “Alcoholics Anonymous”.
  6. Addiction is a health issue and should not be treated as if it is a moral issue.
  7. Drug possession is the number-one reason for the hike in prisoners in America.
  8. Talking about and discussing addiction is one the best ways to keep a person in long-term recovery.
  9. There are only a handful of recovery-focused high schools. One of the best ones is in Boston and it has shown great benefits.
  10. People are not informed about people in long-term recovery because of the media (to a degree). The media tends to sensationalize and neglect stories of people who are overcoming their addiction.