ASHLAND A film showing on Tuesday night offers up a subject matter that many families in America and Eastern Kentucky have themselves coped with: substance abuse and the pursuit of recovery.

The Paramount Arts Center will host a free screening of the Golden-Globe nominated film “Beautiful Boy” on tonight at 6 p.m.

A panel discussion concerning the impacts of substance abuse will follow the movie.

“For the many member organizations with Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities, we feel this special film is important and should be seen and discussed,” said Joseph Mazzawi, coordinator of the coalition. “Substance abuse and the stigma experienced by families impacted is an issue all-too relevant to our community and families.”

“Addiction has always been an elephant in the room when it comes to talking about it,” said Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond. “What people need to understand is that in today’s times addiction affects everyone in some way. It affects families and has no economic or social boundaries.”

The free screening is sponsored by the Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities coalition, the Tri-County KY-ASAP Local Board, the Paramount Arts Center and the Joshua Reliford Memorial Foundation.

The Joshua Reliford Memorial Foundation is a charitable organization committed to investing in the lives of the youth of eastern Kentucky. Reliford was a graduate of 2009 graduate of Ashland Blazer High School, who passed away in 2018. For more on the foundation, please visit justjoshinya.org.

“Beautiful Boy demonstrates that it is not just the individual but entire families and communities that are affected by substance abuse,” said Mazzawi. “This screening for our Ashland community is an important conversation starter and we hope everyone joins us for the movie and the important discussion on how we can support one another to create a more resilient community.”

The 2018 film stars Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. The movie is based on the best-selling books “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” by David Sheff and “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines” by Nic Sheff. “Beautiful Boy” chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring journey of addiction and survival experienced by the Sheff family.

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