Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ Presents 1st Sneak Preview Screening of “The Anonymous People”: Feature Documentary Film Debuts in Hartford April 13, 2013

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Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR™), a leading national nonprofit organization that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education, and service, announced that it will present the First Sneak Preview Screening of "The Anonymous People", an independent film from filmmaker Greg Williams, about the emerging Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. The movie will make its debut on the evening of April 13th, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, and will feature a special Q&A session with Williams and other stars from the film.

CCAR will present the First Sneak Preview Screening of "The Anonymous People" on April 13th, 2013 at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford, CT.

CCAR has contributed greatly to speaking up on behalf of the recovery community here in Connecticut, and their work on this issue largely inspired the story covered by the film.

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR™), a leading national nonprofit organization that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education, and service, announced that it will present the First Sneak Preview Screening of "The Anonymous People", an independent film from filmmaker Greg Williams, about the emerging Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. The movie will make its debut on the evening of April 13th, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, and will feature a special Q&A session with Williams and other stars from the film.

"The Anonymous People" is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction, and the emerging public recovery movement that will transform how alcohol and other drug problems are dealt with in our communities. Deeply entrenched social stigma and mass participation in widely successful anonymous 12-step groups have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.

Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of "The Anonymous People" will be told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.

"The Anonymous People" tells the story of the birth of this new advocacy movement through interviews with many of the champions of this cause, including CCAR Recovery Community Center of Bridgeport’s Manager, Michael Askew, and CCAR’s Executive Director, Phillip Valentine. Said Mr. Valentine about the film, “The Anonymous People is a powerful film that, for the first time, addresses the topic of recovery with great insight, humanity, and compassion.” Valentine continued, “As a filmmaker and advocate, Greg Williams is providing the public with much-needed and compelling information about the recovery movement, and we are grateful for his dedication and the opportunity to present the first screening of his film to the people of Hartford."

This is the first feature film for Greg Williams, a Danbury, Connecticut resident, who has been in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol for over eleven years. Williams has been a vocal public recovery advocate who has spoken to legislative bodies and has been featured in news stories surrounding youth addiction recovery by ABC World News, NBC News, Family Circle Magazine, and the Hartford Courant. Williams was recently awarded the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Advocate of the Year Award.

Said Williams about his film and association with CCAR, “If we want to eliminate the stigma and shame around addiction, if we want addiction to be taken seriously by every medical professional in this country, if we want to change how the America deals with alcohol and other drug problems, we have an obligation to speak up and tell our stories, which is precisely what "The Anonymous People" does.” Williams continued, “CCAR has contributed greatly to speaking up on behalf of the recovery community here in Connecticut, and their work on this issue largely inspired the story covered by the film."

For information about how to purchase tickets for the First Sneak Preview Screening of "The Anonymous People", visit http://www.bushnell.org/. You can also learn more about the film on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAnonymousPeopleMovie and on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheAnonymousPpl.

ABOUT CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY™                                                    

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ (CCAR) is a Hartford, Connecticut based 501(c)3 nonprofit that works nationally to promote recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service. The organization “puts a face on recovery” and provides recovery support services that connect people to resources that inspire hope and healing. CCAR is working to end the discrimination that surrounds recovery and ensures that those in recovery are treated with dignity and respect. To learn more about the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, visit http://www.ccar.us. Shop online at The Recovery Store™ for the latest in books, videos, DVD's, CCAR merchandise, Recovery Coaching Materials, and Events/Training Registration.

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