”The Anonymous People” Documentary Discussion, The Disease Model of Addiction & MORE

RMA-Episode 71 Show Notes:

 

Is anonymity in recovery a good thing, or does it stand in the way of the effort to de-stigmatize addiction? The movie Anonymous People purports to answer that question, and it is the topic of discussion on today’s episode.  According to the filmmakers of this groundbreaking 2013 documentary, 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. 

 

Mike and Nat discuss the movie and debate with the Monksters whether the disease model of addiction is helpful or hurtful to people in recovery.

Plus, the week in review, Recovery in the News and the Week in Weird on a semi-anonymous, bat outta hell, sober-curious episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages.

 

LINKS:

 

Anonymous People

 

Recovery News:

 

https://www.soberliningsplaybook.com/

 

Recovery in the News:

 

I’m Tired of Explaining Why I Don’t Drink

Lawmakers want to strengthen access to non-religious substance abuse treatment services

 

The Week in Weird:

 

World’s Largest Potato

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