Last night I watched this film on Netflix on the recommendation of a blogger friend Hanje Richards. I found this to be a thought-provoking documentary about the concept of anonymity in twelve step programs, most notably A.A. and how it has become misunderstood and misused by people in recovery. The film makes the point that if we recovering people remain hidden by the cloak of anonymity, we only add to the stigma of alcoholism and drug addiction and we make it more difficult to affect policy changes that would benefit recovering people and society as a whole. I would highly recommend the film.
What follows is the official trailer for the film on You Tube.
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE IS A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum has been filled with sensational mass media depictions of people with addiction that perpetuate a lurid 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 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 passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.
Learn more at ManyFaces1Voice.org