Recovery Coalition hosts documentary, discussion

Nov 30, 2017
“The Anonymous People” explores the addiction recovery movement in America.

Camden — The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition will screen “The Anonymous People” Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Camden Public Library, Main Street/Route 1 at Atlantic Ave. The 2013 film is a feature documentary about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination 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 people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.

Courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. “The Anonymous People” tells this moving story through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives 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 is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions. Dr. Ira Mandel, director of Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition, will lead a discussion about the movie and how community members can become involved in finding local solutions. For more information, contact the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition at 701-1575 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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