The Missing Conversation

The United States is suffering a drug and alcohol addiction epidemic. “Recovering Community,” is an in-production documentary film produced by Hope Payson and Tory Estern Jadow of RC Productions, focusing on how this epidemic is affecting the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. While the Northwest Corner may seem, to some, a pocket of great beauty and tranquility, our communities are affected and devastated by addiction problems like the rest of the country. Our film focuses on the specific and heartfelt stories of people with histories of trauma and addiction. Through interviews and other footage, the viewer is offered a unique window into the hardships and triumphs of an often marginalized, misunderstood, and stigmatized population.

 The core of addiction doesn’t lie in what you swallow or inject—it’s in the pain you feel in your head. Yet we have built a system that thinks we will stop addicts by increasing their pain. If I had to design a system that was intended to keep people addicted, I’d design exactly the system that we have right now.
Johann Hari