[PAST EVENT] SpiritWorks Foundation Presents a Screening of the Film: Ben is Back
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- Open to the public
- Ticketed event
On Saturday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a screening of the recent film, “Ben is
Back,” at the Kimball Theatre. Julia Roberts stars in this film about the impact of the disease
of addiction on family members. Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be
reserved at Eventbrite.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31 each year that
seeks to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. It
also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or
had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
Williamsburg Police Chief Sean Dunn says these events “help us to remember those we lost
and allow us stand with the surviving families so they know they are not alone. I am grateful
for SpiritWorks’ commitment to lead the way in raising awareness to one day rid us of these
It is the sheer volume of overdose deaths and the heartbreak that accompanies them that
spurred Bucktrout Funeral Home’s involvement in the overdose day activities.
“No community is immune to overdose. We hope the remembrance service and film
screening will help our community better understand how tragic the losses are to individuals
and families, and our community,” said The Rev. Jan M. Brown, Executive Director of
SpiritWorks Foundation, a non-profit recovery community organization with a recovery
center located in Williamsburg.
As a woman with addiction in long-term recovery, the Rev. Brown is a firm believer in
recovery from substance use disorder. “It makes no sense to say overdoses don’t happen
because they do. They happen to people in all walks of life. We need to stop pretending and
start talking to each other. This is preventable. We need to do better.”
To learn more about these events as well as overdose prevention, education, and
pathways to recovery, please contact SpiritWorks Foundation, 757-903-0000,