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The Anonymous People film screening

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The Anonymous People film screening

3 October 2017
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As part of Recovery month, the North Yorkshire Horizons Selby hub held a screening of The Anonymous People at Selby town Hall. The event was well attended by service users, volunteers, staff and other organisations. The event took a couple of months to put together, and involved multiple telephone calls to New York to secure the film rights!  

The event was planned as a way of celebrating the fantastic work that has been undertaken in Selby over the past 3 years in establishing a visible and positive Recovery Community. This has been underpinned by the team of staff and volunteers within Selby North Yorkshire Horizons that work tirelessly to ensure that holistic support is provided through the local community. However, it also wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the service users, who have taken an active role in establishing the Recovery Community and worked alongside us to create new and exciting opportunities.

'The Anonymous People' is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination 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 people in active 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 is 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.

After the screening a volunteer for North Yorkshire Horizons, Paul Hobson, took it upon himself to address the audience: 

”This month I am celebrating the third year in my recovery. What I would like to say is to make recovery happen you have to embrace everything, take every opportunity you can, use places like North Yorkshire Horizons. They are an absolutely fantastic service. Without their help I would not be where I am today.  A couple of years ago I decided to become a SMART facilitator and hopefully now I inspire people to help them in their own recovery. Thank you very much.”