Team The Anonymous People!
Do confidentiality regulations reinforce the shame and stigma associated with being an addict or alcoholic? The message seems to be, keep it hidden, the nameless and the faceless people of addiction. It’s so easy for the public to forget about recovery and treatment until addiction comes to their individual houses. The rapacious creditor has been busy in the last decade, knocking on doors in every neighborhood!
It’s a new world! Addiction is in the spotlight; in the news, everywhere! Kids are overdosing in record numbers. It doesn’t matter, rich, poor, white, black, uptown, downtown the disease doesn’t discriminate. People everywhere are searching for real answers to this deadly epidemic. We are living at a time where our young are at great risk with new and emerging powerful illicit drugs.
The recovery community at one time was one of the only places that the nameless and faceless could turn to. Early on, they had great success in helping to save lost souls. Thousands and thousands of lives were saved from a life of Hell and somehow they cheated the reaper. They shared their experience, strength, and hope with each other they may solve their common problem. It was simple and it worked.
The treatment community for the most part is largely disconnected from the recovery community. Over the last decade we would hear more and more about research and statistics of a very poor success rate in the recovery community. You have to think, who were they counting? We know that they couldn’t have been counting the nameless and the faceless people of addiction? I wonder if it would even be possible to count them. If they weren’t being counted, who was being counted? Perhaps it was the people that relapsed over and over again. It doesn’t seem possible that any statistics or numbers could possibly be accurate. Would it benefit the treatment community in any way if the recovery community was proven to be a failure?
Can you imagine during the AIDS epidemic if people didn’t realize that silence equaled death! Those nameless and faceless people of addiction that have been encouraged to keep hidden and silent can’t afford to be silent and hidden any longer! Have you heard of The Anonymous People? If you haven’t, don’t worry you soon will.
The Anonymous People are ready to stand up and be counted; we are not willing to be silent and faceless any longer. Our children are dying, our brothers and our sisters are dying, our mothers and our fathers are dying! It’s time that we all stand up in unity, soldiers in the war against addiction. We solve this epidemic by working together, one team in unity. I belong to Team Anonymous People 12/23/96.
©2015 Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D.