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The Anonymous People (2013)

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Recovery is OUT - to change the addiction conversation from problems to SOLUTIONS. An independent feature documentary about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions.

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Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, a grass roots social justice movement is emerging. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and public figures who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward ... Written by Greg Williams

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I went to see this movie with a dozen or so folks in recovery. Maybe that was the difference for us. We understood what was being said. Can you imagine a time when it is a matter of pride to say "I am in recovery?" Not I am an alcoholic, addict...but in recovery. Which is kept secret. Yes you can share your status with friends and fellow addicts in meetings. Yes, you can tell anyone you choose, but face facts, there is shame in being an addict and sadly that shame follows into the hardest won achievement of our lives: recovery. The movie celebrates recovery and encourages us to leave the shame behind with the active addiction and instead celebrate our changes and accomplishment of recovering from near death at the hands of alcohol or other drugs.


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