Online Program

Hungry Heart (The)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Bess O'Brien, Documentary filmmaker, Filmmaker, Kingdom County Productions, Barnet, VT
The Hungry Heartprovides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. 

Dr. Holmes prescribes Suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction.  Much like methadone, Suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process-- for some taking Suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch, for others Suboxone is abused and diverted onto the street. Through the film we see Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

Most importantly however, as the film progresses we begin to see the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with each patient The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts who talk about their recovery process juxtaposed against Fred’s patients. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Communication and informatics
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrates: This film identifies the massive issue of prescription drug addiction in Vermont. The film demonstrates the need for compassionate care for addicts by centering the film around the work of pediatrician Fred Holmes. The film formulates the intimate stories of those in recovery and their families who suffer and recover along with them.

Keyword(s): Advocacy for health and health education, Chronic disease management and prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: No.

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am just a lowly filmmaker I have no affliliation with all this medical stuff--no conflicts!!! I am not a clinician or a doctor. If you like my film please show it, but I don't know how to do a CE etc...above my paygrade!
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.