DANBURY, CT (August 16, 2012) It could be your neighbor, your friend or a family member. It could be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a sports figure, or the person you walk past on the street. More than 23.5 million Americans are in recovery and have kept themselves free from drugs or alcohol. Because of intense social stigma, and anonymous support groups, they have kept silent about their stories. Silent, that is, until now.
In an engaging and insightful documentary called The Anonymous People, corporate executives, civic leaders and public figures are sharing their stories about drug and alcohol addiction, but most importantly, sharing their stories about recovery.
“I’m going to have this for the rest of my life, and will have to work on this for the rest of my life – I’m not saying you should feel for me, but at the same time don’t judge me.” The words of Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006. In the film, Tara details her story about her five continuous years of recovery after struggling with addiction as Miss USA.
“When I chose to disclose my recovery status in an episode of CBS’s Undercover Boss, I had no idea I would receive thousands of supportive emails,” said Don Fretman, who is the Chief Development Officer at Subway World Headquarters. He speaks out and shares his story in the film about alcoholism, and about his decision to go public with his recovery status.
Those are just two of the people who are moving the national conversation from the problem of drug and alcohol addiction, to solutions.
The Anonymous People documentary film will be released in 2013. And, next month in Detroit, a national organization, Faces and Voices of Recovery will be celebrating National Recovery Month with a rally on September 15, 2012. They are hoping for 100,000 people who will be visible and vocal to help put the national spotlight on the reality of recovery.
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