ATLANTA -- A film about the journey from addiction to recovery is the focus of a special fundraiser for Action Ministries Breakthru House, a long-term residential treatment center for women in Georgia.
An exclusivescreening of the critically-acclaimed movie "Lost in Woonsocket" will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 at the Atlanta Event Center at Opera on Crescent Avenue in Atlanta.
"Lost In Woonsocket" was made popular by Oprah Winfrey. It's aboutaddiction, recovery and hope.
The screening will feature a client testimonial, VIP reception and silent auction, which starts before the movieat 6 p.m.
Tickets are $75 for the VIP reception and $25 general admission for the showing.
Breakthru House is a program of the statewide nonprofit Action Ministries.
Its services that are designed to meet the unique needs of women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
The screening and reception will raise money for scholarships to cover the cost of providing care to those who need services but lack the financial resources to pay for treatment.
"Research shows that women dealing with addiction issues have very specific treatment needs that are best met in gender-specific treatment programs," said Melanie Storrusten, LCSW, executive director of Action Ministries Breakthru House. "Considering the costs of health care, law enforcement, the judicial system and incarceration and more, it is estimated that every $1 spent on substance abuse treatment programs such as Breakthru House can save $12 in related costs."
Located in Decatur, Breakthru House serves 20-30 women per year with an average length of stay for clients of just over six months.
Clients enter treatment on a full scholarship for at least the first two to four months. Once they obtain employment, they are charged on a sliding scale of their income.
Utilizing the 12 Steps and a Therapeutic Community, Breakthru House provides a safe, structured drug free environment to foster a life of recovery while therapeutically addressing addiction as a disease, unresolved grief, trauma, and poor self-esteem issues commonly associated with female addicts.