Struggling with opioid addiction can be a battle some feel like they are facing alone.
As a response to this common feeling, INCA Community Services is introducing a series of free documentary screenings to remind individuals that they, in fact, are not alone, said INCA RSVP project director Wanda Gray.
“We don’t typically talk to one another about the problem if we have an addict in the family,” Gray said. “It’s kind of a dark secret that people want to hide. But when we find out that other people are dealing with the same problems we are, you’re not alone.”
The first public viewing featuring “Chasing the Dragon” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Heritage Hall in Ardmore.
The documentary will feature several different opioid addicts and their family members as they discuss how addiction has affected their lives, Gray said. As well as ways that people can reach out of help.
Next Tuesday, July 23, “Chasing the Dragon” will also be playing in Tishomingo. Gray said INCA plans to hold viewings in nine counties throughout Southern Oklahoma up until the end of August.
A second viewing in Ardmore, a double feature of “Breaking Point” and “Out of Reach” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Heritage Hall. These two documentaries were created by youth, with “Breaking Point” focused on how and why youth became addicted; and “Out of Reach” focused on warning signs parents and caregivers should be looking for.
Gray said these documentaries also shed some light on how easily accessible and dangerous opioids can be.
“People have them on their counters, they have them in their medicine cabinets and don’t realize how dangerous they are,” Gray said. “Sometimes people can get addicted just by one pain pill— it just depends on your body’s chemistry.”
The Carter County Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers, Wichita Mountains Prevention Network and others will have booths set up at the screenings.
Gray said individuals can receive additional information on the crisis and how to get help, as well as Narcan kits and medication lock boxes at the booths.
“We want to not only show the documentaries, but we want to connect members of the community that are stakeholders in this crisis,” Gray said.
For more information on future documentary screenings, call Wanda Gray at 580-371-2352.