23 Million Americans Living in Recovery!

23 Million Americans Living in Recovery!

Living in recovery – what does that mean? For some, it means living a life without using the drug(s) or alcohol to which one was addicted. But for 23 million Americans, it means actually LIVING one’s life and in that process, doing so without using the drug(s) or alcohol to which they were addicted!

To raise awareness about this fact, Greg Williams released his documentary, The Anonymous People, last year and described it as “a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.”

I saw a screening of the film shortly after its release with an audience of about 500 other people. 500 hundred people! That’s how many people were willing to have the world know they or their loved one was living in recovery from the brain disease of addiction.

Dr. Herby Bell, Recovery Health Care, was also in that audience and the two of us decided to co-sponsor a screening this June 11. We are also planning a community discussion to follow the screening – Herby has his own experience with addiction, and I have my own experience with secondhand drinking (the family side, if you will), so we are looking forward to both “sides” of this family disease sharing their stories of courage, strength and hope and/or asking questions.

For a sneak preview, check out the trailer below ManyFaces1Voice & The Anonymous People Film:

 

And for the details of this community event, please find the following:

TheAnonymousPeople.RedwoodCity

 

Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com
Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 14 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

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