19 November 2016

An OPEN POST to Addicts: We Are "These People..."


The stigma of alcoholism and addiction and the hatred and ignorance behind it have forced many of us to hide our addictions behind walls of denial. We hid them, sometimes quite cleverly (a chef I once worked with hid his bottle at work in the toilet tank).

"These people need to stop."

And when we finally got clean and sober, we met behind closed doors because some of us had to protect our dirty, little secret.

"These people are the lowest of the low."

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I want to stop right here. This will have to be a post finished by us. WE ARE THESE PEOPLE.

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BUT... the scab that is the stigma of addiction will not heal by retaliation. A well-placed "Fuck You!" simply won't do. The stigma of addiction is slowly being undone, unravelled by science and kindness, a few kind words.
WE and THEY, US and THEM, will one day be ALL of US. The Common Good will eventually triumph. I've seen change for the better in my own lifetime.

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We could all add to statements that start with "THESE PEOPLE..." and I encourage you to add your own in the comments you may make at the end of my post.
We need to air them so that they may then become part of our past as we move forward.

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"These people don't deserve... "
"These people can't... ""These people won't..."

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12 years sober and I continue to heal.

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Good News (Which is half of why I started writing my post today in the first place. Shared Courage is the other half)!

Click on the links below!

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Landmark Surgeon General Report Tackles Addiction:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/872089
& this
The surgeon general just issued a report calling addiction what it is - a brain disease:
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-surgeon-general-has-issued-a-report-calling-addiction-a-brain-disease
& this
Surgeon general: 1 in 7 in USA will face substance addiction
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/17/surgeon-general-1-7-us-face-substance-addiction/93993474/

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If you got this far, thanks for letting me get SOME of this off my chest!

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Jim Anders is the author of All Drinking Aside, an Autobiographical Fiction, linked here: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO
Visit his Niume Recovery page here: https://niume.com/pages/profile/?userID=26056 
& find his Recovery Tweets here: http://twitter.com/JimAnders4


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