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College Screens Film on Work Being Done to Combat Addiction in NYS

May 4, 2018

Earlier this semester, more than 45 members of the Tompkins Cortland Community College community participated in an open panel discussion after viewing the film Reversing the Stigma. This documentary highlights the work being done in New York State to combat addiction. Narrated by acclaimed television journalist Laurie Dhue, the film profiles multiple people in various stages of recovery, sharing their stories and experiences. The film premiered throughout New York in September (2017), which is National Recovery Month.

The panel featured four members of the College community (three students and a professor), all in various places in their lives and recovery. Attendees asked questions about individual experiences with drugs and alcohol, as well as interactions with groups mentioned in the film - Drug Courts, 12-Step Meetings, Rehabilitation Centers, and Outpatient Programs. Panel members responded openly and honestly, sharing the struggles but also the successes and joys as they build a new life in recovery.

This event was organized by the Alcohol and Other Drug Subcommittee of the Wellness College and the new Tompkins Cortland Community Coalition. For more information on these efforts, contact Sara Watrous, College AOD Prevention Coordinator, at or Matt Kiechle, Assistant Director for Health Education, at