NEWS: COCA presents ‘The Anonymous People’

TAP_film picLeesport, PA – On Monday evening November 4th, The Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) in conjunction with Easy Does It (EDI) presented a showing of The Anonymous People to approximately 60 residents of the recovery houses located at EDI and YMCA of Reading and Berks County.  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.  The film centers on a movement of addiction recovery advocates who are making their voice and faces heard and seen by organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions.

Following the showing of the film, a panel of Berks County community members in long-term recovery, led a lively discussion regarding the film.  There was an overwhelming sense that the negative attitudes and stigma of addiction in the general community need to shift to focus more on the positive and hopeful aspects of recovery.  There was also healthy dialogue on how individuals in recovery can publicly advocate for recovery and still protect 12-step traditions.

A showing of the Anonymous People for the general population of Berks County will occur on Tuesday, March 11, 2013 at Reading Hospital’s Thun/Janssen Auditorium at 6 p.m.  The showing will be followed by a panel discussion to talk about the film and what affect recovery advocacy could have locally.  COCA is presenting these showings in conjunction with Easy Does It, Common Ground, and Caron Treatment Centers. There is no cost to attend either showing of this film.

The Anonymous People is a project of the Faces & Voices of Recovery, an addiction recovery advocacy group seeking to transform public attitudes and polices affecting people seeking or in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

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CLICK HERE to register for the December 5th event.

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