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September is National Recovery month. This month is used to help educate the public that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with these disorders the ability to go on and lead healthy lives through recovery. Millions of American’s lives have been transformed through recovery and many of these successes go unnoticed.

In honor of this month Chaffee County Public Health, Substance Abuse Regional Coalition and Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention will host a showing of Beautiful Boy at the Comanche Drive-In theater at 7:30 p.m. on September 26. Admission to the event is free, and each vehicle will receive a $10 voucher for concessions. The event will also offer free Narcan*.

This nationally recognized observance celebrates the gains made by those in recovery just as we celebrate those who are managing other health conditions. This is done reinforcing the positive message of behavioral change. The observance highlights overall health, shows that prevention works, describes how treatment is effective, and that people can and do recover.

Beautiful Boy stars Tomothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. The film is about “Teenager Nicolas Sheff who seems to have it all. He coasts on good grades, becoming an actor, artist, athlete, and editor of the school newspaper. Then when Nic’s addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, so his father does whatever he can to save his son and family.”

Special Projects Coordinator Mike Orrill told Ark Valley Voice “the whole point of this movie is to show that recovery is possible; that people who have been in addiction for many years, there’s hope for them to find themselves sober and in recovery.”

*Editor note: According to the website, NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray is used for the treatment of an opioid emergency or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. NARCAN® Nasal Spray is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care.