FAIRFIELD — Recovery advocates and recovering alcoholics were in the audience, Wednesday, as the county played host to a film addressing the stigma of addiction.
Roger Maryatt, executive director of the Solano Recovery Project, brought “The Anonymous People” to the monthly meeting of the Solano County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board. Developed by Greg Williams, of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations, the 80-minute film featured the stories of celebrities, athletes and politicians who achieved sobriety after struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction.
“This is about success in recovery,” Maryatt said.
With 20 years of sobriety, Maryatt said there’s a need for public education and advocacy to change public opinion about people in recovery.
“We don’t go back to jail, we don’t hurt anybody and our health improves,” he said.
The film, as well as a presentation by Maryatt on the Solano Recovery Initiative, were agenda items at the public meeting of the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, which reports to the board of supervisors. Those in attendance at the Solano County Government Center included Supervisor Linda Seifert, Brandon King, a representative from the Office of Assemblyman Jim Frazier, as well as counselors from various agencies that deal with addiction.
“We all can help people get clean, get sober, and get a new life,” Maryatt said before the screening.
The Solano Recovery Project is a charter member of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Recovery Community Organizations. Seven years ago, the group opened Unity Hall at 711 Empire St. for 12-step meetings, classes and events. The nonprofit also offers mentorship and coaching through its Bridges to Recovery program.
“It is one of only two full-service recovery community organizations in the state,” Maryatt said.
He said he hopes to add future events such as a healing conference and rally/walk later this year.
For more information, visit www.unityhall.org.
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What: The Solano Recovery Project
Where: Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield
When: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
Info: 419-4662, www.unityhall.org