People don't "claim" addictions. Addictions claim people.
Is this really a stigma these days?
It seems everyone I see is now claiming an addiction. Nearly as much as those professing to be gluten intolerant (new studies show as vastly overstated) and suffering from Lyme Disease (albeit the new one).
People don't "claim" addictions. Addictions claim people. Addicts and alcoholics admit defeat and usually very privately and with great shame. Likening the courage of the admittance of an alcohol and drug addiction, past or present, to "claiming" a food intolerance is an attempt to diminish the courage of openly discussing a painful past and the genuine power of addiction. The numbers of people are shockingly high yet that does not diminish the veracity. As many people who are known addicts and alcoholics are exponentially more people who are quietly suffering and dying from their addictions.
Can we not focus on treatment before we get trendy?
Long-term sobriety and living clean is a part of long-term treatment. Treatment doesn't end when someone leaves rehab (if they are lucky to have insurance coverage). I can only hope that shame reduction and honest living becomes trendy!
The use of Heroin is nothing new (Opium Wars); the issue is purposeful flooding of the market where once was amply (?over?) prescribed opiates in a population idle due to a poor economy and precious little outlets for boredom (especdially [sic] during long winters).
What is new is the number of people dying and becoming addicted.
As your reply to this courageous and honest article of admission demonstrates, there will always be repercussions to acknowledging who we are. But I, like the author, have a conscience that dictates I not stay silent.
My name is Averyl and I am a person in long-term recovery-- 21 years--from alcoholism.