“There’s Only One Place To Go After Rock Bottom.” Addiction is an all-encompassing force, in not only of the lives of the afflicted, but also those around them. Lincoln Theater and Healthy Lincoln County are pleased to present a free screening of the documentary feature film “Our American Family,” Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., providing an honest, unfiltered look at a close-knit Philadelphia family dealing with generational substance abuse.
Captured at a pivotal “nothing to lose” moment, five family members tired of life with addiction struggle to transcend their crippling histories. The members of “Our American Family” invite us into their lives to find hope and to explore what’s possible. Though they often falter, their familial loyalty is powerful, demonstrating how through love and dedication people can rise out of the deepest depths. The family is made up of Linda, the mother who learned at an early age how to minimize addictive behaviors; Bryan, the stepfather who spent 15 years learning about addiction in efforts to support his wife and their children; Nicole, the oldest child who at one time was considered a “chronic relapser” with a heroin addiction; Christopher Jr., the oldest brother who became addicted after being prescribed opioids for pain following a surgery as a teenager; and Stephen, the youngest brother who, due to the substance abuse in his family, often put his own feelings and needs aside. Stephen talks about letting go of resentments, finding gratitude, honoring oneself, and shares about his work to help other families and siblings impacted by addiction. For a touching, eye-opening look into one of America’s most pressing crises, look no further.
We are pleased to welcome Linda, the matriarch of the family featured in “Our American Family,” who will be joining us on screen for a talkback following the screening. With an ex-husband and children who have attended multiple treatment centers over a span of many years, Linda shares lessons learned with other parents and families. As the founder of Hummingbird Yoga and Massage, Linda teaches individuals, and other instructors, trauma and recovery informed mind and body practices. She is passionate about sharing her experiences through writing and film, helping those affected by addiction, and continuing to “show up” and work hard alongside her family members. Also joining us on stage for the talkback are local guests Nick Loscocco, Options Coordinator for Lincoln County, and Sharon Bailey of Jefferson, an active organizer of survivor support groups in the area.
Nearly half of all Americans have a family member or close friend struggling with addiction. Statistics show the more education loved ones receive related to substance abuse, the more likely the individual is to seek help. The stigma associated with addiction makes people afraid to talk about their struggles, but people who speak of their struggle are more likely to have success in their recovery from drugs and alcohol and to empower others to seek treatment.
Help encourage conversation here in Midcoast Maine by attending “Our American Family,” presented by Lincoln Theater and Healthy Lincoln County. Lincoln Theater is at 2 Theater St. in downtown Damariscotta. More information is available on the theater’s website at LincolnTheater.net or by contacting the theater office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 207-563-3424.