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Letter: Addicts in recovery should unite

Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a

Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on Feb. 6, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

My daughter lived through a drug overdose in April ["A raw sensitivity beneath the jokes," News, Aug. 12]. Afterward, she went to The New Direction in Walton, N.Y., a center for counseling and recovery from substance abuse. It cost $6,000 for a three-week program. She has chosen to stay there and work and is very lucky. So am I.

My daughter had been arrested in December for sleeping at a traffic light and was charged with driving while intoxicated. I never knew she had a problem.

I am in recovery and see young people struggling with addiction all around me. Something different must be done. There's an organization,, that is asking people to state publicly that they are addicts and help end discrimination and criminalization of addiction. The organization has recently released a documentary film, "The Anonymous People."

If the estimated 23 million Americans in recovery publicly united, we could help fight insurance companies, change people's perceptions of addicts and alcoholics, be there for our neighbors, and provide a big safety net for those who are struggling and need support.

Pat DeSocio, Glen Cove