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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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Such a respectful, graceful interpretation of the Anonymous question
29 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film gracefully and respectfully challenges the idea that to be part of the 12 step community you must hide the miracle of your longterm, successful recovery! Keep it safe for newcomers but once you are strong, share about recovery (not 12 step) and make our message loud enough to be a formidable constituency to the legislature and media. I want a recovery high school in my town! The film is a little long - maybe a little too much history and not enough information about actions to be taken now. About three quarters through the film there is a driving piece of music and rising set of inspirational images. I thought the film would climax in that emotional rise, but instead the music ended and I got more information. It could have ended there for me. I have sent many people to see it and I will definitely see it again.


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