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The acclaimed documentary will be followed by a community forum to discuss the opioid crisis


STONINGTON— Opera House Arts (OHA), in partnership with Points North Institute, Island Health & Wellness, and the State of Maine, will host a free screening of the acclaimed documentary film Recovery Boys on December 4 at 5pm, followed by a community discussion at the Stonington Opera House on Deer Isle.

“We are very excited to be chosen as a location to show this film. It is a testimony to the work that this community has done to end the stigma and shame around substance use disorders. I hope that everyone will make a special effort to be in attendance on December 4th,” said Anne West, Executive Director of Island Health & Wellness.

Maine is one of many states deeply affected by the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis and people across the region are working on the frontlines of this epidemic— saving lives, raising awareness, and developing new solutions.

As part of a statewide tour of Oscar-nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s film Recovery Boys, Points North Institute has partnered with the State of Maine, Island Health & Wellness, Marshall Communications, and Opera House Arts to present this free screening, open to all, at the Stonington Opera House on December 4 at 5pm.

This free screening of Recovery Boys will be followed by a community forum where individuals in recovery, treatment providers, employers, local agencies, and the audience are invited to connect further through conversation. Light refreshments will be provided.


In the heart of America’s opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug abuse. Recovery Boys, from Academy Award nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Heroin(e)), is an intimate look at the strength, brotherhood, and courage that it takes to overcome addiction and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery. In an effort to break the cycle of generational addiction and trauma, the young men let go of painful pasts as they live in the present, and build a new community in a farming-based rehab. After rehab, they experience life’s trials and tribulations sober, but struggle to find their place and purpose in an often unforgiving society. In today’s world, where shocking statistics about the opioid crisis make headlines daily, Recovery Boys gives a deeply personal look into the unseen lives of those working toward transformation. Recovery Boys is not rated. Running time is 89 minutes.

All are welcome to attend both the free screening of Recovery Boys and the follow-up discussion afterwards to learn more about community resources and how folks can join efforts to deepen awareness and find solutions to the opioid crisis affecting our region. Light refreshments will be served.

To find out more about this event, please contact Anne West at 207.367.5851 or at [email protected] This film is not recommended for children, but folks are encouraged to reach out to Anne directly if you hope to attend the screening but are in need of childcare to do so.

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