By Sue Ellen Woodcock
On Thursday night 150-200 people will view a documentary film, “The Anonymous People” directed by Greg Williams, at Revere High School.
The film is about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs. The movie is being presented to the community by the non-profit group Recovery Thoughts.
“It’s to spread awareness. There’s a big problem going on and we want to help,” said Nick Moulaison Sr., who runs Recovery Thoughts along with Julie Lynch. “If we can help one person I’ll be happy.”
The program will run from 6-8:30 p.m. and features speakers before the film. There will be Matt Ganem, of Banyan Treatment Center; Billy Pfaff, of “Heroin is Killing My Town”; Pat Cronin, of the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR); John and Stephenie Green, of the group No First Time who lost a child to a heroin overdose.
“Matt is a former addict who works in heroin treatment now,” Mouliason said. “He’s not just a speaker but he also raps, sings and does poetry to reach people.”
Other outreach organizations attending the event will be: Banyan Treatment, North Suffolk Mental Health, Wicked Sober, Magnolia, Before the petal falls, Learn to Cope, Somerville Overcoming Addiction, No First Time, Mike’s Recovery Supplies, Bags of Hope, Charlestown Drug Coalition, Healthy Streets, Narcan Training, Revere Cares and The Process Recovery Center.
“The documentary goes back to the days when AA started and the practice of having AA be anonymous,” Moulaison said. “But that’ not the case now. We want everyone to know. Shout it from the rooftops if it helps someone.”
Letters have been sent home with all RHS students inviting them to the film. Anyone middle school age and older is invited to attend. There is no charge.
For more information call Nick Moulaison at 857-615-3763 or Julie Lynch at 781-853-8321.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and speakers start right at 6 p.m.