Substance Use Panel Discussion, Documentary Screening to Take Place at Bridgewater Library

A free screening of the documentary “The Anonymous People” and a panel discussion about substance use recovery will take place at the Bridgewater Library in honor of National Recovery Month on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Somerset County Professional Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PACADA) will host the event. Council members include police, treatment professionals and Somerset County Department of Human Services employees.

The Anonymous People looks into the lives of people recovering from long-term substance use disorder, which affects over 23 million Americans. (Movie Trailer)

Discussion panelists will include two people in recovery and a family member of a person with a substance use disorder.

“We know that for every $1 spent for prevention and treatment, $17 is saved in societal costs,” says Freeholder Brian D. Levine, human services liaison. “We want to get our Somerset County community energized and active in helping the recovering community, by assisting us locally and countywide with the challenges and opportunities that families and individuals in Somerset County face every day.”

2015 Recovery Month logo.National Recovery Month is held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services may allow those with a mental or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

“We look forward to reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorders and reminding the community that recover works,” Emilia Fletcher, Program Coordinator, said.

PACADA encourages attendees to RSVP at

Light refreshments will be served. Sponsors include Princeton House Behavioral Health, Safe Community Coalition, EmPoWER Somerset, Somerset Treatment Services, Carrier Clinic and Anderson House-Turning Point.

Featured image caption:

The poster for "The Anonymous People."

Hector Yanes