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Opinion: Treatment privacy laws protect me and 43 million other Americans living with addiction or in recovery

Hey, senators: Adding to the discrimination against people with substance use disorders will keep them from getting treatment.
The privacy of Individuals in recovery, like this one at a substance abuse treatment center in Westborough, Mass., would be jeopardized by a bill working its way through Congress. Source: John Moore/Getty Images

Five years ago, I was in the darkest grip of substance use disorder. Constant use of opioids and other drugs had led to a divorce, my involvement with the criminal justice system, and near homelessness. Today, I am about to begin a Ph.D. program in health policy, am married to the woman of my dreams, and recently bought my first house in Philadelphia.

All of this happened because I was fortunate enough to get the help I needed for my illness. With comprehensive medical

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