GENERATION FOUND Film and Panel Discussion, March 27
On Monday, March 27, 2017, Fairfield University will present a screening of GENERATION FOUND, followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. GENERATION FOUND is a documentary about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown.
Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston, Texas faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. To combat this epidemic, community members came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.
Filmed over the course of two years, GENERATION FOUND takes an intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.
In 2016, the Connecticut medical examiner’s office reported that 917 people died from overdoes, a 25 percent increase from 2015 while the Connecticut Opioid Response report reported an increase of non-fatal opioid related-overdoses from 895 in 2012 to 1,217 in 2014.
“These numbers are human lives – no one decided to become an addict, but these drugs hijacked their brains resulting in dependency. Early education and intervention is important, as is having good resources and support for young people,” stated Susan Birge, assistant vice president and director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Fairfield. “Massachusetts has proven that Recovery High Schools work by providing structure, safety, and support. At Fairfield University we know from our Collegiate Recovery Program participants that abuse starts in high school. Every college and university should have a Collegiate Recovery Program, and it’s now important to create these programs at a high school level.”
Following the screening, a panel of experts will discuss the film and resources for dealing with addiction. Panelists include John Hamilton, CEO, Recovery Network of Programs, Virginia Kelly, PhD, an author and professor of Counselor Education at Fairfield, Lisa Arnold, MFT, LADC, clinical coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Program at Fairfield and Theresa Conroy, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies alumna and three term state representative.
To RSVP and to learn more about GENERATION FOUND, please go to: fairfield.edu/generationfound