SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) There is a movement underway in Houston, Texas that is coming to Utah. It’s being called a youth addiction recovery revolution and it takes the form of a hard hitting documentary called “Generation Found.”
It basically shows how the entire community, (police, politicians, schools, rock stars, sports figures,) recognized the drug epidemic among young people and finally said enough is enough.
They were sick and tired of watching young people die, so they created the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community. They even have recovery high schools in Houston now.
The film is a wake up call that the same epidemic exists in Utah and all over the U.S. and it shows that an entire community working together can make a dent in the problem.
The Volunteers of America Youth Resource Center in downtown Salt Lake is on the ground floor of the movement here. The new center opened earlier this year with financial and volunteer support from the community. The center serves over 800 homeless young people, many of them dealing with addiction issues.
They also work on addiction prevention at schools throughout Salt Lake and Murray. Sarah Strong is Director of Youth Services for VOA. “We’re currently in 21 schools. We’re also in 7 community housing locations, where we go in and provide substance use prevention programming to youth that are as young as 5 all the way up through 18.”
Devon is a 21 year old addict who is currently sober. He told ABC 4’s Randall Carlisle that he started smoking pot at 16, then tried just about every drug he could find after that until “once I hit the age of 19 or 20 I had a real problem because that’s all I ever talked about. All I ever thought about was getting high.”
Now, after rehab and help from the VOA Center he says “it’s hard for me to say no, but at the same time, I’m able to do it. I’m able to say no. I’m good on that, been there, done that. It’s not worth it.”
Generation Found will premier Tuesday night at the Megaplex at Gateway. It’s from the same creators of “The Anonymous People” which has become a bible of sorts for folks in the recovery community.
Representatives from recovery groups like Odyssey House and USARA will be there for the screening. There will be time after the film where the creators will be available for a question and answer session.
For information on tickets go to: http://gathr.us/screening/15355
To see trailers from the film go to: http://generationfoundfilm.com/