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Documentary on drug addiction to be shown at Jennersville YMCA

03/04/2016 12:45PM ● By J. Chambless

Kristen Johnson ('3rd Rock From The Sun') is featured in 'The Anonymous People' as she discusses her battle with addiction. In 2013, Faces & Voices of Recovery awarded her the Voice of Recovery Award.

By John Chambless
Staff Writer

Kacie's Cause, the Chester County-based organization dedicated to fighting drug addiction in our area, has partnered with the Jennersville YMCA and Chester County Pro Act to present a screening of the documentary film “The Anonymous People” on March 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The film, to be shown at the Jennersville YMCA (880 W. Baltimore Pike) highlights a grassroots social justice movement in which addiction recovery advocates are organizing to end discrimination against addicted people, and move toward recovery-based solutions.

According to the new film, more than 23 million Americans are living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. Addiction affects two-thirds of American families in some way. Social stigma has kept recovery voices hidden while the media sensationalizes or excuses people with addiction issues. The makers of the documentary are urging that addiction is a preventable and treatable health condition.

The documentary is told through the voices of citizens, community leaders, volunteers, corporate executives and celebrities. The new recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and shift policy toward lasting solutions, instead of incarcerating people who might better be rehabilitated through drug treatment.

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is also promoting the screening, and a post on the district website urges families to attend the screening to better understand the scope of the national problem.

More information can be found at www.theanonymouspeople.com or www.manyfaces1voice.org.

To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@chestercounty.com.


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