Addiction recovery film to have Triad debut
“The Anonymous People,” a feature documentary about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement, will be shown at the Greensboro Historical Museum on Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
The sneak preview is sponsored by Alcohol & Drug Services and will include a post-film panel discussion moderated by N.C. Sen. Gladys Robinson.
“The Anonymous People” is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them.
“This film is not your tired old addiction story often seen on reality television or in the news,” said producer Greg Williams. “There are no needles hanging out of people’s arms, pictures of the brain, or fried eggs in a pan. We set out to find the answer to one very fundamental question: Why don’t we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?”
Drug abuse is a major public health problem that impacts our society on multiple levels. Two-thirds of American families are touched by addiction. In Guilford County alone, there are approximately 57,247 adult residents living with a substance use disorder.
Alcohol & Drug Services of Guilford Inc., a leading provider of substance abuse prevention and treatment services is a sponsor of the film and hopes its focus on this new passionate recovery movement will transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials and shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.
“The Anonymous People” also shines a light on prominent people who are not very anonymous and are living publicly as people in long-term recovery themselves. They include award-winning actress Kristen Johnston, former NBA star Chris Herren, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner and former congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Free special event screening tickets are available by contacting Alcohol & Drug Services at 336-333-6860, ext. 256 or by RSVPing online at www.adsyes.org/anonymous-people.