GORHAM — Stand Up Androscoggin Valley together with the North Country Health Consortium invites the community to a free screening of the film, “Pleasure Unwoven,” followed by a panel discussion to understand addiction as a disorder of the brain.

The event is on Jan. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham.

As the fourth “Pleasure Unwoven” screening event offered in the North Country, it is part of the “North Country Speaks Recovery” campaign launched by North Country Health Consortium to shift the community understanding of substance use disorder and to increase recovery support for residents.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, doors to the Medallion Opera House will open at 5 p.m., providing time to visit resource fair tables before opening remarks at 5:30 p.m. All attendees are encouraged to join the panel discussion at 7 p.m.

The panel will include, Dr. Lars Nielson, the prescribing physician for both Doorways in Littleton and Berlin, as well as representatives from Coos County Family Health Services, the Family Resource Center of Coos and Northern Grafton County, and other local experts, people in recovery, and their family members.

“To study addiction is to look at some of the basic concepts of what it means to be human,” said producer, Dr. Kevin McCauley, of his film, “Pleasure Unwoven,” a personal journey about addiction. “Pleasure, memories, our genes, our ability to cope with stress, even free-will itself takes place in an organ that embodies who we are; addiction is a disorder of the brain.”

Any questions about the event can be directed to Heidi Ballentine, Community & Professional Education Coordinator of the Wellness And Recovery Model at North Country Health Consortium: hballentine@NCHCNH.org or (603) 259-1744.

This event is being supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program, and the Rural Health Opioid Program.

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