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Documentary on addiction recovery to be shown Monday

LUVERNE — The Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court is presenting “The Anonymous People,” a documentary film about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

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The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Palace Theatre, located at the intersection of Main Street and Freeman Avenue in Luverne.

“This film has been shown nationwide and we were able to reserve the rights of the film for the evening,” said Sheri Smith, Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court coordinator. “I believe everyone is somehow affected by someone who has a drug- or alcohol-related addiction, and it brings awareness to chemical dependency services in our area and what people can do if they know someone with this disease.”

The film investigates deeply entrenched social stigmas that have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades.

“I believe people of all ages should see this film to at least have an understanding that this is not a moral problem, this is a disease,” Smith said. “It can’t be cured, but it can at least be treated.”

There will be a panel discussion following the documentary about the film and the treatment options available in southwest Minnesota. A treatment provider and surgeon from Sanford Health will be at the discussion, as well as a representative from New Life Treatment Center in Woodstock.

“We’re also hoping Judge Vajgrt of Worthington will be able to join us to again give some local perspective” Smith said.

The film focuses upon people living with addiction recovery who have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and the criminalization of addiction, as well as advance recovery-based solutions.

“This film is a phenomenal representation of the ideas and beliefs of those in recovery,” Smith said. “It also shows the legislation policies in place and just gives the public an awareness of the people in recovery.”

Tickets may be purchased at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 205 N. Freeman Ave., Luverne; or online at

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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