Movie on ad­dic­tion to be shown free at Schae­fer’s

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foun­da­tion Jim Wahlberg will host

CH­E­SA­PEAKE CITY

a free screen­ing of his lat­est short film “If Only,” which is backed by Re­cov­ery Cen­ters of Amer­ica at Schae­fer’s Ban­quet Hall on Wed­nes­day.

The 30-minute movie about pre­scrip­tion drug mis­use and ad­dic­tion, along with a fol­low-up panel dis­cus­sion on the cur­rent state of sub­stance abuse in Ce­cil County, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to at­tend.

This pub­lic screen­ing is de­signed to spark dis­cus­sion be­tween panel mem­bers and the pub­lic about sub­stance abuse in the com­mu­nity, lead­ing up to the an­tic­i­pated open­ing of Re­cov­ery Cen­ters of Amer­ica (RCA) at Brace­bridge Hall in Ear­leville by the end of Au­gust.

Wahlberg and RCA at Brace­bridge Hall CEO Dr. Bar­bara Kis­ten­macher will lead the panel in­clud­ing Founder and CEO of Wicked Sober Mike Dug­gan, Ce­cil County Direc­tor of Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices Ken Collins, newly ap­pointed Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge Will Davis, Ce­cil County Direc­tor of Emer­gency Ser­vices Richard Brooks and Elk­ton Police Chief Matthew Don­nelly.

RCA part­nered with the Wahlberg Foun­da­tion to bring this movie screen­ing to Ce­cil County.

“The film, which is in­tended to bring aware­ness to both teens and par­ents un­der­scores the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foun­da­tion’s com­mit­ment to youth, as well as RCA’s role in ad­vo­cat­ing and pro­vid­ing treat­ment op­tions for some 22.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer­ing from sub­stance use dis­or­ders,” Kis­ten­macher said.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about this event,” Kis­ten­macher said.

RCA is in the process of com­plet­ing a $13.7 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion to trans­form a for­mer MBNA cor­po­rate re­treat in Ear­leville into a re­cov­ery cen­ter with 39 beds to start; ex­pand­ing to 108 beds by next year.

The 31,000-square-foot se­cluded fa­cil­ity sits on 530 acres at the end of a two-mile long drive­way. It in­cludes two guest houses, a con­fer­ence room, he­li­copter pad and sev­eral barn­style build­ings.

“RCA at Brace­bridge Hall will pro­vide our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies with the dig­ni­fied treat­ment so many strug­gle to ob­tain, while bat­tling sub­stance use dis­or­ders,” Kis­ten­macher said in an ear­lier in­ter­view.

“The 12-step pro­gram is prob­a­bly the most well­known way to re­cover,” Kis­ten­macher said. “But, there are many other ways also, in­clud­ing cog­ni­tive ther­apy, mo­ti­va­tional ther­apy and en­hance­ment ther­apy.”

RCA plans to in­te­grate all of these pro­grams to cus­tom­ize the best ap­proach for each pa­tient. Es­ti­mated cost of care at RCA Brace­bridge is $1,000 a day, or $30,000 a month. The fa­cil­ity will set aside ap­prox­i­mately five beds for schol­ar­ship-funded care, or char­ity care.

“Most pa­tients will be able to self-pay or use in­sur­ance,” Kis­ten­macher said.

RCA is in the process of open­ing sev­eral re­cov­ery cen­ters in the Mid-At­lantic re­gion over the next few years.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RCA

Jim Wahlberg, pro­ducer of “If Only,” a short movie on mis­use of pre­scrip­tion drugs and ad­dic­tion, will show his movie to the pub­lic at Schae­fer’s Ban­quet Hall on Wed­nes­day.

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