10 Things I Learned from The Anonymous People

  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.

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Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen is a sophomore Journalism major with a Political Science minor at Temple University. She also does the Morning Updates for WHIP, Temple’s student radio station. She is the creator of WHIP’s The District where she and a co-host discuss Philadelphia and Pennsylvania state politics every Tuesday and Thursday night; 7-8 pm. She previously interned for Solomon Jones at 900amWURD for the “Wake Up With WURD” show where she learned about radio production and promotion through social media. She is a member of Temple’s Association of Black Journalists. She has volunteered with Update Now during her first year. She is the executive producer of TUTV’s Temple Talk, Temple’s only entertainment day show. Contact Taylor at tuf89707@temple.edu.

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By Taylor Allen