The Path to Recovery Gets Reel
Drug overdose represents the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. and in Maine alone we lost 354 people in 2018. Maine Behavioral Healthcare provides intensive treatment for opioid and substance use disorders at treatment centers in Biddeford, Springvale, Rockland and South Portland as part of the MaineHealth response to the opioid epidemic.
Raising awareness of substance use is critical to help encourage those who are in need of treatment overcome the paralyzing stigma associated with this illness. Last year over 1,000 people from communities throughout Maine participated in a unique effort that brought people together for a free film showing of the Netflix original documentary, Recovery Boys1.
The film chronicles the journey of four young men attempting to rebuild their lives after years of drug misuse. Following the film, panel discussions were held involving local experts including Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment (IMAT) physicians, local law enforcement and community leaders, and most importantly patients in recovery. The programs were presented in Belfast, Biddeford, Boothbay, Brunswick, Camden, Damariscotta, Farmington, Islesboro, Portland, Rockland, Springvale, Vinalhaven, Waterville and North Conway, NH.
1 Recovery Boys, directed by Academy Award nominee Elaine McMillion Sheldon, was made available through sponsorship support of Points North Institute.