Substance Use & Recovery
The Series begins with the documentary film “Heroin’s Grip”. The film looks
at the problem of addiction through the eyes of local law enforcement,
mental health workers and community leaders to get a complete picture
of the impact that heroin and opioid addiction has had in Frederick County,
Maryland. “Heroin’s Grip” also helps viewers understand what occurs in the
brain when heroin and opioids are used and shows the story of a few who
are succeeding in overcoming addiction and maintaining a life free from
drugs and alcohol. Help is available, there is a way out of addiction, and there
are resources available for families and individuals caught in the tragedy.
The second week will present best-selling author, John J. Ratey, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. With the publication of “Spark – The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. A panel discussion will follow about the opportunities for exercise and recovery in Palm Beach County.
Ryan Hampton is a nationally recognized activist and the author of “American Fix – Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It”. He is also the founder of the Voices Project, a person in recovery from opioid addiction, and a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national conversation about addiction.