- Addiction affects 2/3rds of American families. Essentially, everyone knows someone who struggles with addiction.
- 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.
- 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.
- Many 12-step programs take place in church basements.
- 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”.
- Addiction is a health issue and should not be treated as if it is a moral issue.
- Drug possession is the number-one reason for the hike in prisoners in America.
- Talking about and discussing addiction is one the best ways to keep a person in long-term recovery.
- There are only a handful of recovery-focused high schools. One of the best ones is in Boston and it has shown great benefits.
- 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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