James Wahlberg, brother of famous Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, recently created a movie called, If Only, which addresses the serious topic of opiate addiction as two brothers become hooked on prescription pills. Being such a dominating issue in society, the movie is greatly anticipated. And many hope it will help to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use, addiction, and overdose.
Directed by Michael Yebba, James Wahlberg produced the film If Only with the help of Millennium Health and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.. Wahlberg and Yebba set their sights on filming the feature at a location that is central to where addiction is currently active in Tweksbury, Massachusetts.
Prescription pill and heroin use is prevalent up in the northeast as overdose rates rise. Wahlberg added an intimate touch to the film by inviting local residents. Whom had tragically lost their loved ones to overdoses to be extras for a scene in the movie. There were nearly 150 people that gathered in the middle of a snowstorm to take part in the opportunity. Pictures of the families were added just before the credits to emphasize the reality of addiction.
Maureen Foster lost her son at the age of 28 to a heroin overdose and came to be an extra in the film. “I wanted to help promote awareness and education about addiction, and put a face on it,” she explained. “There’s been a lot of talk but it’s still not getting better. I hope this will have an impact.” Addiction is a crushing illness that has become a widespread problem.
Addressing the Stigma
There’s a stigma that comes with the disease of drug addiction. “It is one of the loneliest, loneliest diseases a parent will ever have to go through, watching their child struggle,” stated Louise Griffin. Whose son Zachary Gys died in 2013 from an overdose on opiates at the age of 21. “It’s a disease that still has stigma, embarrassment and shame attached to it and as long as we all remain anonymous, this disease will continue, and it will continue to take our children’s lives.”
Opiate addiction and deaths due to overdose are a serious, rising problem in society. This new movie, If Only, helps to address the reality of the situation by capturing it on film and displaying what’s really going on.
Since the movie was filmed at Tewksbury Memorial High School. The students were given the opportunity to be in the movie. Moviemakers had the idea to hand out the feature for educational purposes in an effort to provide awareness. And about the consequences that may result from drug use such as addiction, overdoses, and death. “Until we really educate and make awareness for parents and the community. And the problem’s never going to be fully solved.” Commented Nikhil Nayak, who is Millennium Health’s chief marketing officer.
Addiction is a nation-wide and universal problem of epidemic proportions. With this new film , more awareness can be raised about the dangers of addiction and drug overdose. It’s a public health issue and if nothing changes, the unfortunate truth is that nothing changes. Hopefully when people can visually see what is happening to our own people on a big screen. And a message will be sent for further impending action to be taken.Tags: celebrity news, celebrity news and gossip, disease of addiction, mark wahlberg, Opiate Addiction