Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Anonymous People

I have seen several drug related documentaries now, and a lot of them have shown you what addicts will do to get money for their next hit. They will explore why they got into the drugs, and you can see the psychological and physical effects of drugs and alcohol. But what anonymous people does is show you what happens when you want to be sober. People tend to think that being a drug addict or an alcoholic means you have to be living in poverty, and that you are living with the homeless and 'scum' of the earth. But that just isn't true. An addict can be a neighbour, they can be a work collegue in an expensive business suit, they can be a partner, a family member. No matter how beautiful you may appear to be on the outside you could be completely ugly and empty on the inside and you need drugs to feel that hole inside you. I am not a drug taker, and I am not a heavy drinker, but I know what it is like to live with someone who has an addiction and it isn't pleasant. It's an exceptionally hard thing to deal with. Drug and alcohol addictions are something that can hurt and destroy a family so easily, but they are so wrapped up in themselves to even care or notice. 'Anonymous People' is about giving ex-addicts their voice, letting people know their story and finally understanding within themselves that it is nothing to be ashamed of.

There is a lot of stigma attached to drug and alcohol abuse, and if you haven't actually gone through it yourself or been close to someone who has, I don't think you can understand it. And even when you are getting rehabilitation ex-addicts are not getting the support they deserve. Sure there are some people who don't want help who want to keep taking drugs and alcohol, but we shouldn't have the mentality that they are beyond help. But you have got to want to help yourself. And even if you do help yourself, who will support you? 'Anonymous People' explores how society deals with drug and alcohol abusers, and how the government and the health system is sweeping it all under the carper and not dealing with the fact that there are more and more users and addicts in the US than ever. It isn't a problem that isn't going to go away, it's here to stay. And now there are more different ways to get a fix, I mean people are using Bath Salts to get some kind of buzz.

'Anonymous People' is a thought provoking documentary, which will make you look at this issue and it may change how you feel towards addicts since you are now realising that they have a voice too. It also might give you a closer insight into how society treats addicts who are trying to get help, and how there is a lack of support. Being an addict isn't like suffering from Cancer. With Cancer you have treatment, operations, to make sure the Cancerous cells leave your body, and you have to keep up with constantly going back to the doctors and hospitals for regular check ups to make sure it doesn't come back. You are given that support, they recommend councelling for you and your family, you are invited to fundraiser and charity events, you are encouraged to share your story, but it's a different side for rehabilitating drug and alcohol abusers. You go through your programs and at the end you are pretty much told good luck and sent on your way, knowing full well you are forever going to have this devil of temptation on your back. Even having groups like Alcoholics Anonymous is insulting. Why should alcoholics and drug users stay quiet? Why don't we want to hear their stories? They have gone through hell too, so maybe we could learn something; and from 'Anonymous People' you certainly do.

What I love about this is the fact that it is very different to what we usually see on screen when it comes to documentaries on addicts. It has a lot of depth to the topics, and it explores them in a lot of different avenues that I didn't even think they would discuss. The fact that this documentary has set out on a different journey and exposed addicts as just normal people trying to get over their demons and get on with their lives is just insightful. It's awesome that they give addicts the benefit of the doubt, they let their voice be heard, and no longer should they have to feel ashamed of their past. At the end of the day we are all human, and we are entitled to make mistakes, as long as we move forward for the better and learn from the mistakes, then that is what is important. The interviews with some of these addicts, just prove how much strength we as people can have, it is quite remarkable.

I would definitely recommend this documentary for everyone. It is a real eye opener, and it made me feel a lot more empathetic, and some of their points were very valid. It is an emotional ride, which will open your eyes and hopefully your mind to something you haven't fully understood in the past. Addicts are people just like you and me, and it's about time they were given proper support, we need to stop the relapsing, and stop the narrow minded views. Just because you haven't experienced it, and it hasn't affected your perfect world, doesn't mean it can't hurt someone else and change their life.  

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