Documentary aimed at giving recovering addicts hope

HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — People struggling with drug or alcohol addiction got a sense of hope while watching a documentary Monday night at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.

The 88-minute film, “The Anonymous People,” aims at helping the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs to step out of the shadows and social stigma that surround addiction.

Often times Hollywood, or the media, glamorize celebrities as struggling addicts. But this film shows addicts come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

“They are judges, teachers, parents, doctors, students. People just like you and me. And there’s no real crime in being an addict. Nobody sets out for that to be their life path,” said Doug Wentz, community services director for Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.

Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic will host its 11th annual Fellowship Brunch on Sunday at Avion on the Water in Canfield. Wentz expects some 200 recovering addicts to be there, celebrating everything from one day to more than 40 years of sobriety.

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