Drug Crisis in Our Backyard and the Phoenix House Academy of Westchester are co-hosting an opiate addiction forum Thursday night that includes guest David Sheff, a journalist and bestselling author who wrote “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.” Read below for more information from the groups on the program.
Drug Crisis In Our Backyard teams up with Phoenix House Academy of Westchester to co-host the sixth Drug Crisis community forum: “Hope and Recovery as We Confront Every Family’s Nightmare—Prescription Drug and Heroin Addiction.” This educational forum, which will feature guest speakers and a Q&A session, will address the prescription drug and heroin epidemic in our local communities.
The event will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 7:00PM-9:30PM at Phoenix House Academy in Westchester (3151 Stoney Street, Shrub Oak, New York). Phoenix House Chief Medical Officer Andrew Kolodny, M.D. will be a guest speaker along with other health policy advocates: journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Sheff, whose books include Clean and Beautiful Boy; and award-winning filmmaker Greg Williams, who will also show a trailer from his groundbreaking film, The Anonymous People.
“We are proud to co-host this forum and look forward to discussing this important topic,” said Phoenix House President and CEO Howard P. Meitiner. “The addiction epidemic is widespread; it grips our schools as well as our communities. Phoenix House is committed to providing effective treatment solutions, prevention, and education for those in need.”
“We do this work in our sons’ names so that the memory of their lives will not be forgotten,” added Susan Salomone, co-founder of Drug Crisis In Our Backyard. “Justin and Erik were good people with a bad disease. At the time of their death, so little information was public about heroin addiction that they didn’t even know it was a disease. We are helping to erase the stigma so that more families can get help.”
Drug Crisis In Our Backyard is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide awareness, resources, and support to individuals and their families affected by drug addiction. Founded in 2012 by the Salomone and Christiansen families, both of whom lost their sons to drug addiction, their series of forums provide a productive, open dialogue of education, resources, and support to the local community.
About Phoenix House: As a leading nonprofit provider of substance abuse treatment and prevention services since 1967, Phoenix House helps more than 7,000 men, women and teens each day as they overcome addiction and begin new lives in recovery. Our research-tested treatment methods and clinical practices meet the needs of each individual client. Our nearly 150 programs in California, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. welcome clients from every level of society and address a broad range of behavioral problems. We work with kids at risk, support clients in recovery, and offer a wide array of treatment options as well as supportive services ranging from vocational training and counseling to expressive arts therapy.