Wilkes University to Host Free Screening and Panel Discussion of “Our American Family” on Sept. 12

by Kelly Clisham
Our American Family graphic featuring an outline of a house made with pills

Wilkes University will host a screening of the documentary “Our American Family” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, on the second floor of the Henry Student Center.

Addiction is an all-encompassing force not only in the lives of the afflicted, but also those around them. Captured at a pivotal nothing-to-lose moment over the course of a year, “Our American Family” presents  a radically honest portrait of five family members grappling with the legacy of generational addiction as they fight to heal resentments and pull each other out of the deepest depths.

A panel discussion will follow the documentary screening and feature documentary participants Linda and Bryan. Linda channels her own family experiences with addictive behaviors to help others learn trauma- and recovery- informed mind/body practices. As Bryan learns about addiction, he finds peace and turns his initial resentment of the financial costs of recovery into support of his wife, their children and their granddaughter.

The event, sponsored by Northeast Counties Medical Society, is free and open to the public. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors may receive 2.5 continuing education hours, though registration is required.

For more information or registration, visit https://www.wilkes.edu/academics/continued-learning/healthcare-seminars.aspx.

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