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BDR Sponsors REEL Recovery Film Festival in NYC

Best Drug Rehabilitation proudly announces our Official Sponsorship of the 2016 New York City REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium. REEL Recovery is a week-long event (Sept. 23rd – 29th) that highlights the important work of filmmakers on topics such as addiction, mental illness, recovery, treatment, and sobriety. The festival features full-length motion pictures, shorts, documentaries, and other works relevant to substance abuse issues. This event – which has been dubbed the “Sundance” of Recovery – brings together filmmakers, treatment providers, individuals in recovery, medical professionals, and activists in sharing an important message: “Treatment Works.”

This year, the NYC leg of the REEL Recovery’s film festivals shares the month of September with National Addiction Recovery Month. REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium NYC is considered one of the longest recovery themed events in the country, rivaled only by its own week-long LA festival. What better way to celebrate life and recovery than by sponsoring our nation’s longest recovery event.

“Once a Cheerleader”

We chose to introduce and feature the film “Once a Cheerleader” on Monday, September 26th at the REEL Recovery Film Festival in NYC. Our screening of the film was met with much enthusiasm and positive feedback.

“Once a Cheerleader” is a dramatization of the true and far too common story of high school students falling into the world of drugs and crime. The film calls attention to the ease in which drugs enter and destroy the lives of our youth in the United States. It underscores the danger in stigmas and stereotypes surrounding drugs and reminds audiences that even students who appear to have everything going for them are vulnerable to the slippery slope of substance abuse.

“Once a Cheerleader” is produced by the non-profit initiative Stopping Addiction with Family Education – a group founded by none other than our very own founder and CEO, Per Wickstrom. Mitchell Stuart directed the 38-minute film.

In light of the overwhelmingly positive audience feedback, REEL Recovery plans to show the film multiple times during their LA festival in late October.

We’re honored for the opportunity to share in this week-long event while raising awareness of the US Addiction epidemic.

Interested in learning more about or watching “Once a Cheerleader”? You can find it here on SAFE Prevention’s YouTube channel.

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