Presented by Pen Bay Psychiatry and McLean Hospital

Coming to the movie? Have a snack on us. The first 50 moviegoers will get a free medium popcorn and fountain soda combo.

The documentary film THE HUNGRY HEART provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease.

Dr. Holmes prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction.  Much like methadone, suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process– for some taking suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch, for others suboxone is abused and diverted onto the street. Through the film we see Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

Most importantly however, as the film progresses we begin to see the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with each patient The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts who talk about their recovery process juxtaposed against Fred’s patients. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

Directed by Bess O'Brien

USA | 2013 | NR | 93 min

Sponsored by the Picker Family Resource Center/Pen Bay Medical Center, McLean Hospital, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (New England Region), and Kingdom Productions.

This film screening about the Opioid Epidemic 2014 will be framed by an informative and illuminating set of talks, beginning with an introduction by Frederick Goggans MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at PenBay Medical Center. Following that, Hilary S. Connery, MD, PHD Clinical Director of Alcohol and Drug Treatment McLean Hospital, will speak for 30 minutes on "Opioid Dependence 2014: Understanding the Scope of the Problem and Currently Available Treatments."  Bess O'Brien and Jay Craven will present their film THE HUNGRY HEART, after which they will take questions about the film from the podium.

Continue the conversation at a reception with the filmmakers immediately following the screening. 4:30 PM at FOG, complimentary refreshments provided.

See official website and trailer


Show Dates & Times:

6/14/14 - Saturday

2:00 pm,

FREE admission

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