‘Just say no’ was a slogan. This is a revolution.

A new message for youth, families and communities fighting adolescent substance abuse

SALISBURY — Come join the youth recovery revolution to ensure that the epidemic of addiction ends now. Generation Found is an unprecedented and intimate look at Houston’s solution to the War on Drugs.

Houston was faced with the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. In one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.

It’s time to face the elephant in the community. That we turn our back on substance abuse and our kids are dying every day from it. Ninety percent of all substance use disorders start in adolescence.

Generation Found is co-created by filmmakers Greg Williams and two-time Emmy award winning editor Jeff Reilly, of the groundbreaking addiction film, The Anonymous People. For over two years an advisory committee of 14 Houston organizations guided the community throughout the film making process, led by Suzanne Jarvis, Associate Producer and Recovery Advocacy Co-Chair for the Houston Recovery Initiative.

North American rights for Generation Found have been acquired by Gathr Films and is being distributed nationally Sept. 1, 2016 through theatrical release. Currently 157 screenings are scheduled nation-wide in celebration of National Recovery Month with more to come.

“We want to give youth the courage to embrace who they are. They may be afraid of what comes next or confused about what direction to go. We need to remind them that they are surrounded by recovery community that will help them walk through that fear,” states an Archway Academy graduate in the film.

“I’ve been in recovery for 15 years,” said Director Greg Williams. “Do you know that my recovery as a young person is a $2 million cost-savings? That’s the long-term cost of incarceration, emergency room visits, and lost productivity when a high school student leaves school because of addiction.”

This story is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real utility for communities struggling with youth addiction worldwide.

www.youthrecoveryrevolution.org for national adolescent recovery assistance through the National Youth Recovery Alliance.

This screening of the film will be held at Salisbury Stadium 16 & RPX, 2322 North Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury on Sept. 21. There will be a reception inside The Center in front of Boscov’s Department Store from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., the premiere begins at 7:30. Tickets must be purchased online in advance, at http://gathr.us/screening/16986.

This event is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence-Maryland. Please contact John Winslow at 443-880-2094/johnwinslow1949@gmail.com for additional information or arrange for interviews.

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