Shepherd University to screen “Recovery Boys” in Storer Ballroom

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"Recovery Boys" got its start as a film screened at the Hot Docs Film Festival (photo curtsey of Hot Docs Selections)

Shepherd University is hosting a screening of the documentary “Recovery Boys” on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Storer Ballroom, followed by a panel discussion. “Recovery Boys” is the latest documentary film by director Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who received an Academy Award nomination for the documentary “Heroin(e).” “Recovery Boys” follows four young men in a farming-based rehab who forge a bond as they try to reinvent their lives after years of addiction.

The post-film discussion will be led by Suzanne Higgins, executive producer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB). Higgins is a regional Edward R. Murrow Award winner who is currently project manager for the WVPB’s focus on the state’s opioid crisis, with an emphasis on the many issues surrounding recovery.

Dr, Chess Yellot, Kevin Knowles, and Dr. John Aldis will also be participating in the post-film discussion. Yellot is a physician who has been treating patients with addictions for 25 years. Knowles is the Berkeley County recovery coordinator, and Aldis was the first medical provider to bring naloxone (Narcan) to West Virginia to be used as opioid treatment

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Geography, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, and Shepherd University Lifelong Learning Program, in conjunction with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.