THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE IS A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades.

National Recovery Movement

Over 23 million Americans are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Deeply rooted social stigmas have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for too long.  This silence has been filled by sensational mass media representations 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.

Join the Addiction Recovery Movement

The good news is that a vibrant grassroots recovery advocacy and support movement has emerged, and courageous people in long-term recovery and their allies are uniting for the first time in decades to offer hope. However, this public movement is still in its infancy stage of growth; the general public – and even millions in recovery – are largely unaware of the existence of this new, productive way of thinking, living, and serving. Recovery, like addiction, has existed too long in the shadows.

The National Recovery Movement is in need of passionate and dedicated recovery leaders to help sustain the recovery movement and drive it forward. Our goal is to reduce barriers and the stigma surrounding addiction that people in recovery face every day.  We strongly believe that every recovery voice counts and anyone related to the recovery community can be an advocate for change.  Together we can create a positive conversation around addiction and recovery throughout the world.

Our Vision:

  •  Individual and Family:  By 2025 on any given day anyone affected by the disease of addictions may stand before their community of support, share a significant personal event and be treated with the universal principles of kindness, compassion and love.
  • Community:   By 2015 the Historic Triangle will be a community where the power, hope and healing of recovery from addictions is thoroughly understood and embraced.
  • Nation:   On Sunday, September 1, 2030 (Labor Day Weekend) 1 million people affected by the disease of addictions will celebrate the joy of recovery on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  • World:   By 2035 all people who live in recovery from addiction will represent the freedom and change we desire in our world.

First the individual must heal, then the family can start its healing, then the community heals, and then the nation can heal.

Recovery Community Organizations:  

Recovery community organizations (RCOs) are the heart and soul of the recovery movement. In the last ten years, RCOs have proliferated throughout the US. They are demonstrating leadership in their towns, cities and states as well as on the national landscape. They have become major hubs for recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carrying out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and becoming players in systems change initiatives. Many are also providing peer-based recovery support services.


  • Great Lakes- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio. 
  • Southeast - Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi.
  • Central East - Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.
  • New England- Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island. 
  • North East Caribbean - Puerto Rico, New York, and New Jersey.