Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Anonymous People

I'm not sure if you've watched The Anonymous People yet- I have only seen half of it because I tend to fall asleep in the middle of every movie-but now it's on Netflix so I can watch it in parts if I need to. :)

6 comments:

  1. I haven't watched it yet - part of me really wants to and part of me doesn't. I don't know why. But I know I will watch it. I think it's an important idea to talk about. I know many in the recovery community have their views of anonymity (esp. the 12 step community), but my gut instinct tells me that I am not needing to shy away from my alcoholism. I have put my toe in the water a few times, but I know that it will be a short time before I start to fully open up to others (in an appropriate way) about my alcoholism. Who knows, my blog might change too :)

    I'd love to know what you think of the movie when you finish watching it (I guess that means I should probably watch then too...ha ha)

    Paul

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  2. I haven't stayed awake for a movie since Clinton was in office. Watching netflix in bed at night is my new hobby. Kill two birds with one stone and all that. I have desperately wanted to see Anonymous People since I first heard about it but was too cheap/lazy/sleepy to buy it. So glad it's come to netflix and thank you for the heads up!

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  3. I watched it and I liked it. I have always felt that AA should be as anonymous as I want to make it or not make it because it's my story/journey to share or not share. I believe others anonymity is theirs to share or not. It's like a secret that someone confides in me.. it's not my secret to share but I am free to share my own secrets with whomever I chose.

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  4. Okay, finished watching it. Loved it. It made me tear up at the end. Not that this is hard to do.

    And it really got me thinking. Why the hell should we feel shame at the decision and commitment to not drink anymore? Why do we glom on to the label 'alcoholic' which refers more to past behavior than present? Why all the secrecy when we know a large part of the population never makes it to meetings or doesn't stick with them? This really made me think. I will happily recommend it to other persons of long-term recovery :) Thanks again for the post!

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  5. I loved it! I believe in anonymity in the rooms and as far as 12 steps, but personally, outside it is my choice and I think it is good for people to know that recovery is possible and what it looks like. It might help someone wanting to get sober and of course it might help break the stigma in general making it easier for those needing recovery to seek recovery. The movie is really powerful and inspiring. Definitely recommend it!

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  6. Thanks for the heads up on this. I've been wanting to watch this for awhile now. Will check it out :)

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