June 22nd will mark an important day in Winston-Salem. It’s the day The Anonymous People, a full-length feature documentary celebrating recovery from alcoholism and addiction will air at Aperture Cinema on Fourth St. in Winston-Salem. It’s a chance for those of us who believe in the joy of recovery to help share the story with our friends, family and colleagues. It’s a chance for us to debate the pros and cons of the 12th tradition of Twelve Step programs. It’s a chance for us to learn about the history of addiction treatment and federal policies about drugs and alcohol. It’s a chance for us to learn about recovery high schools and collegiate recovery communities. It’s a chance for us to see important reminders that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and that real joy and a full life in recovery can be a reality!
Often when we are working with families who are staring with terror into the face of active addiction (typically worn by someone they love deeply but no longer recognize), we ask them, “Do you know anyone in recovery from this disease?” Often they will say, “No, but I have known lots of people who just stayed addicted and never got well.” That’s our opportunity to remind them that, because of the tradition of anonymity, often we don’t know those in our midst who are in recovery — but they are all around us! They probably know neighbors, teachers, doctors, pastors, coaches and executives who are gratefully recovering from the disease of addiction, quietly living their lives, going to their recovery meetings and enjoying healthy lives in recovery. They are the anonymous people. And while we deeply respect the tradition of anonymity, we also are grateful for those who choose to share their experience, strength and hope about recovery both “in the rooms” and in the world!
Please share with others about this important showing of The Anonymous People on Sunday, June 22nd, 7:30pm.
After the showing, Leigh Zick Dongre, Full Life Counseling & Recovery’s Special Project Manager, will lead viewers in an imporant discussion about sharing stories of hope while honoring the tradition of anonymity. Although Full Life has helped bring The Anonymous People to Winston-Salem, we do not financially benefit in any way. Tickets are a little pricey because of the smaller venue, but we hope you won’t let that stop you from celebrating recovery at A/perture Cinema, Sunday, June 22nd at 7:30 pm.
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www.aperturecinema.com – To find information about this presentation, go to the 1niter page!
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The Full Life Team