Movie on addiction to be shown free at Schaefer’s
— Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Jim Wahlberg will host
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.
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.