What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about human rights and the world today? Would she be pleased? Or would she chastise us? Probably the latter. The former First Lady was one of several stakeholders worldwide who drafted and signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over seventy years ago. The very first article is that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” It goes on to give the citizens of this planet equality in every aspect, especially in a court of law. But do we need a piece of paper to give us these rights? Do we need the United Nations and a world government to remind us that we are all born equal and free? Surely not. But then again, maybe we do. When it comes to recovery, people often need a reminder that they deserve recovery, that their life is worth it, that it matters. Addiction is a terrible disease. It’s terminal and full of lies. It will tell you you’re not worth it, that you’re nothing without your addiction. But those are all lies.
The little-known life of Marty Mann rivals a Masterpiece Theatre drama. She was born into a life of wealth and privilege, sank to the lowest depths of poverty and despair, then rose to inspire thousands of others, especially women, to help themselves.
Voices of Women in AA is a collection of 61 stories from Grapevine. The book begins with articles by or about women who contributed to AA early in its history, followed by stories by some of the program’s earliest female members.
Overdoses are On the Rise
With the onset of the pandemic in early 2020 and the subsequent lockdowns, addiction has exploded. The isolation, uncertainty, and fear drove many people to relapse. In fact, thanks to the lockdowns, we’ve seen a huge soar in drug overdoses. According to The Washington Post, we saw the following overdose spikes in 2020: 18 percent in March, 29 percent in April, and 42 percent in May. That’s an alarming number of drug overdoses.
“This is a straightforward, rich resource for anyone who lives with, and loves, an addict.” —Publishers Weekly Everyone suffers when there’s an addict in the family.
What Does This Mean for Minorities?
With equality still a big issue for minorities, these groups also face unique challenges regarding addiction and access to mental health services and recovery help. For example, very little has been done to help Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in regards to treatment options. This leaves communities devastated. As for black communities, what we see is more drug-related arrests and fewer people completing addiction treatment. Latinos are another minority that faces its own set of issues, particularly the fact that 92 percent of Hispanics with substance abuse disorder have not completed treatment. When you add these factors on top of long lockdowns, the risks rise exponentially.
As Americans, we can do better. We need to pay as much attention to addiction and treatment as we’ve done with COVID-19. The addiction epidemic has been around a lot longer than COVID-19, and unfortunately, it will still be here when the pandemic has passed.
This bronze medallion has the words, “Hope” and “Light” along with “African Americans In Recovery” and the image of the Statue of Liberty’s hand holding the torch on the front, and the Serenity Prayer on the reverse.
Beautifully crafted bronze medallion with the slogan – Native American In Recovery – on the front with Great Spirit Prayer on back which reads – Great Spirit Whose Voice I Hear In The Wind Whose Breath Gives Life To The World Hear Me I Come To You As One Of Your Many Children I Am Small And Weak I Need Your Strength And Wisdom May I Walk In Beauty.
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