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Dietrich to host documentary featuring AA co-founder

April 29. 2013 12:48PM

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Named in 1999 as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century for co-founding Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson came a long way from the certain death he faced 65 years earlier from alcoholism. All are invited to a free showing of the film Bill W. that documents his journey on Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater. This showing is sponsored by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. After the movie C.A.R.E.S. will conduct a discussion of the issues presented in the movie.

Bill Wilson was the creator of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step program that has helped millions of people. At the heart of the program are steps that include admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion, recognizing a higher power that can give strength, examining past errors with the help of a sponsor or experienced member, making amends for these errors, learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior, and helping others who suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.

The film was created over an eight year period, using interviews and rare archival material. It traces Wilson’s 17 years of alcoholism, his battle with depression, experimentation with drugs and his struggle with celebrity.

Barbara Landon, Chairperson of Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. (Coalition on Addiction: Research, Education, and Support) encourages everyone to come and see this inspiring film. “It is about the life of the man who started a revolution by creating a simple recovery program.”

Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. was founded in 2004 and has been bringing resources to Wyoming County that were sorely needed, resources such as the Wyoming/Sullivan County Treatment Court, Families Helping Families, and A Better Today counseling services.

The Dietrich Theater has partnered with Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. for the past several years, endeavoring to bring to public awareness resources that are available in our area. The missions of the two organizations merge in that both strive to improve the health and wellness of our community.

For information or reservations call 570.996.1500. Tickets are available at the ticket booth and will be available at the door.

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