Recovery Boys (2018)



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In the heart of America's opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug abuse. Recovery Boys, from Academy Award nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Heroin(e)), is an intimate look at the strength, brotherhood, and courage that it takes to overcome addiction and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery. In an effort to break the cycle of generational addiction and trauma, the young men let go of painful pasts as they live in the present, and build a new community in a farming-based rehab. After rehab, they experience life's trials and tribulations sober, but struggle to find their place and purpose in an often unforgiving society. In today's world, where shocking statistics about the opioid crisis make headlines daily, Recovery Boys gives a deeply personal look into the unseen lives of those working toward transformation.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Sheldon paints a stark picture of the harsh reality of recovery in her sensitive, and life-affirming documentary

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

A moving yet cautionary tale and a painful reminder that recovery is a journey that never really ends.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Nonetheless, the humanitarian eye of Sheldon, alongside Jacob's Ladder, implores audiences to adopt a posture of compassion and understanding, because the struggle an addict faces is a deepening one.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's a powerful indictment: not only of hostility toward drug users, but also of toxic masculine molds that command men against seeking help, relief, and love.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Intense, honest, and inspiring docu about opioid addiction.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Accomplished without exaggeration and putting additional faces onto oft-stereotyped members of America, making them multi-faceted men and bursting through backwoods hillbilly convention. The immediate social impression of Recovery Boys is tremendous.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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