|The Hungry Heart|
|Vermont pediatrician works with patients addicted to prescription drugs, w/filmmaker Bess O'Brien + musicians Judy Hyman, Jeff Claus, & Richie Stearns|
The Hungry Heart (Bess Obrien, USA, 2013; 90 min.) The film provides 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.
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.