10 Things I learned from The Anonymous People

  1. One of the first things I learned from the movie is how much language can change how someone of thought of. With the stigmas surrounding a lot of the terms regarding addiction, it is important to use the right language when covering addiction.
  2. Another idea I picked up very early in the film is that a stigma is not who these people are. Early in the movie people are shown who do not look like a typical person who is addicted, or dependent on drugs or alcohol. This shows that the stigma surround an “addict” is wrong and should not be used to describe someone who is in recovery, or using drugs.
  3. Addiction affects more than just the primary person: Addiction doesn’t just affect the person who is in recovery, or who is struggling with an addiction, it affects people in that person’s life as well. Whether it be their family, friends, children, etc., addiction, and affects more than just one person.
  4. Only two percent of addiction funding goes to recovery:  I found this number to be surprising, and wrong. Where is the other 98 percent of the funding, and why isn’t more of it going to recovery. This is a major problem.
  5. Media ignores recovery: Another major idea of the film was that media, and journalists often shy away when it comes to recovery. Often journalists focus on just addiction, and the negatives, and leave out some positives like those who have done well in recovery.
  6. Kristen Johnston: Kristen Johnston outlines an idea that is very important when she says “The shame and secrecy that shroud the disease are just as deadly as the disease itself.”
  7. Advocates of recovery are not wired to give up: I thought this idea was very important because the people that are advocating for recovery are not close to stopping, and will continue fighting for better treatment, and less stigmas.
  8. Reducing recidivism is a major part of improving addiction: Recidivism is key because it is an offender, or in this case, someone with a dependency or addiction, and their tendency to reoffend, or reuse. This is a major part of addiction because if a person is put in jail for an addiction, they are likely to use once they get out. Reducing recidivism would go a long way in solving this problem.
  9. Reducing recidivism saves money: Not only would it help those struggling with addiction, it helps states, just as it did in Virginia by saving the state over eight million dollars.
  10. Criminal Justice reform can go a long way: Improving criminal justice, and the amount of drug users that are put into prison would help the problem immensely.