Cathy shares her story
Greg Williams: How The Anonymous People Shines a Light on Recovery
Last May I watched The Anonymous People and heard producer, Greg Williams speak about his vision for this groundbreaking film.
It was refreshing to watch this documentary where people were openly discussing addiction, long-term recovery and to understand how important it is to raise the level of awareness in all of our communities.
The film has gained a large following and is weaving its way across America. I am so excited to share this interview with you.
It is my great pleasure to introduce Greg Williams!
What inspired you to make the movie “The Anonymous People?”
My own personal recovery certainly was the driver in my passion around this film project and my involvement in recovery advocacy work. I got into recovery when I was 17. I got very active in recovery with young people in mutual support groups. I did my best to try and help other young people and their families find and sustain recovery.
We struggled. It is not an easy system to navigate. It’s not an easy illness to navigate. I went to a lot of wakes. I got denied a lot of treatment beds because of health insurance discrimination. I wrote a lot of letters to jails to friends of mine who were getting sicker behind bars.
I would complain with my friends about these barriers and the system that we have, the frustration with it, but none of us would ever know what to do about it. We didn’t think we could do anything. We didn’t think we had any voice.