March 23, 2018
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Addiction recovery groups to host free film Wednesday in Brewer

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Bruce Campbell, clinical director of Wellspring, beats on a bucket during a drumming circle to introduce the Bangor Area Recovery Network's fifth annual summit on addiction recovery last year.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — To start a discussion about drug and alcohol addiction in the area, organizers at the Bangor Area Recovery Network are hosting a free film Wednesday evening at the Brewer Performing Arts Center titled “The Anonymous People.”

“Social stigma has kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades,” said Jean Baker, BARN board president. “The moving story of ‘The Anonymous People’ is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them.”

The Bangor Area Recovery Network, a nonprofit organization formed three years ago to address drug and alcohol addiction, opened its home at 142 Center St. in Brewer last year. It is partnering with the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery to host the free film.

“Rather than focusing on the pain and destruction of addiction, which is all too real, BARN brings the message of hope and restoration that recovery can, will, and does happen,” states a press release about the film showing.

The performing arts center is inside the Brewer Community School at 92 Pendleton St. The film will start at 7 p.m. and afterward a community discussion will be held.

Jerry Goss, a former Brewer High School principal and BARN board member, invited the community to the event.

“In all my years in education, I never met one student, anywhere, in any school that has not been touched in some way by this issue,” Goss said.

The BARN, which hosts a number of 12-step and other recovery support groups, educational meetings and social gatherings, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. All events are open to the public and there are no admission fees.

Those who want information about recovery support and advocacy in the Bangor area can call 561-9444 or visit

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