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November 14, 2013

Addiction/Recovery Film Screening

CONCORD —A new, award-winning documentary film about America’s addiction epidemic will premiere in Concord on Wed., November 20, with additional screenings scheduled for Portsmouth, Keene, Plymouth and Manchester through April 2014. “The Anonymous People” explores the public health crisis of addiction to alcohol and other drugs and the meteoric rise of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement.

The premiere will be held at Red River Theatres in Concord on Wed., November 20th, and the film will be followed by a community conversation with filmmaker Greg Williams. The event is being sponsored by the NH Alcohol and Other Drug Service Providers Association and HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery. “It is our hope that this film and the discussions that follow each screening will inspire communities to support and embrace the recovery movement, so that we as a state can move towards a system of care that treats addiction like any other health condition,” said Abby Shockley, Executive Director of the NH Providers Association.

"The Anonymous People" looks at how deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. Filmmaker Williams said, "We set out to find the answer to one very fundamental question: Why do we treat addiction and people with addiction in this country so dramatically differently than people with any other health issue?"

Recovery advocates question the approach the U.S. has taken with addiction: criminalizing a health condition, marginalizing those impacted, and giving superficial treatment to the chronic illness of addiction. This failure has resulted in an annual price tag of over $350 billion, lost lives and disrupted families and communities.

"The Anonymous People" has joined with Faces & Voices of Recovery, the national addiction recovery advocacy organization, to drive the visibility and impact of the documentary. Together, they have launched MANYFACES1VOICE.ORG, a new, multi-media advocacy and storytelling space for people in recovery. The website provides a forum where people touched by addiction to alcohol and other drugs can join others to fuel this growing movement: http://manyfaces1voice.org/

Visit www.nhproviders.org for more information on screenings of "The Anonymous People" in your area. All proceeds from the screenings will go to supporting the recovery movement in New Hampshire.

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