"Many Faces, One Voice" is a must-read companion book to the award-winning film "The Anonymous People." The book shares the intimate and inspiring stories of people in recovery from addiction who have exposed their secrets to light and are fighting to erase stigma and discrimination.Read more...
"Many Faces, One Voice" is a must-read companion book to the award-winning film "The Anonymous People." The book shares the intimate and inspiring stories of people in recovery from addiction who have exposed their secrets to light and are fighting to erase stigma and discrimination. In exclusive interviews, celebrities, politicians, recovery leaders and advocates tell their personal stories in brutally honest and breathtaking detail, as they confront the paradox of anonymity and reveal the hope and power of recovery.
"Greg Williams powerful documentary, The Anonymous People, helped change the public s view of the world of people in recovery and those who love them, opening the doors to a new understanding of the usually-hidden process of saving yourself from addiction. The new book "Many Faces One Voice" takes the messages of that film to the next level, with even more powerful testimony and insight from an incredible group of brave, open souls. A moving, challenging and revealing portrait of the world of recovery todayand tomorrow.
--Patrick Kennedy, Former Congressman, primary sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, Founder, The Kennedy Forum
"Many Faces, One Voice" is a collection of insights for individuals, families and everyone affected by America s number one health problem, and opens secrets to healing ourselves and our society.
Bud Mikhitarian is an award-winning filmmaker and a producer of "The Anonymous People" film.
Greg Williams is the director of "The Anonymous People."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Mikhitarian provides a thoughtful, empathetic look at the disease of substance addiction and the redemption of recovery in this tome, which follows his 2013 documentary on the same subject, The Anonymous People. Director Greg D. Williams and the author—both in recovery themselves—came up with the idea of compiling a book after having to edit one too many compelling stories out of the 88-minute film. In contrast to the traditional first-name-only policy of 12-step programs, many of those interviewed here give full names, including former Miss U.S.A. Tara Conner, former U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad, and journalist Laurie Dhue. What they all share is a deep commitment to overcoming alcohol or drug dependency, and a fervent desire to help others do the same. The focus is not on scaring readers straight but on giving them a new sense of optimism while reducing the stigma attached to addiction. The book also traces the history of addiction and recovery, including anti-drug and alcohol legislation and the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Both the film and book take their names from phrases common to AA. Since anonymity is a central tenet of AA and other 12-step programs, Mikhitarian discusses the paradox of balancing anonymity with advocacy. This book will offer hope to those recovering from substance abuse, as well as to family members and friends striving to understand the disease and help those suffering. (May)