The National Institute on Drug Abuse has introduced the Addiction Performance Project to help families cope with the damaging effects of drug and alcohol addiction. The free theater program is designed to “foster compassion, cooperation, and understanding for patients living with this disease.” It is a combination of a dramatic reading of an act of Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and a live panel discussion with experts verse in addiction. The program encourages questions and answers from the audience. The program hopes to help physicians understand how to talk to their patients about the sensitive subject of addiction.
“Primary care providers can play such a vital role in screening for drug abuse,” said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. “Yet, for many providers, discussing drug abuse with their patients is beyond their comfort zone. NIDA’s Addiction Performance Project is a creative way for doctors to earn continuing medical education while breaking down the stigma associated with drug addiction.”
The Addiction Performance Project premiered last week in Washington, D.C. with actress Blythe Danner. There will be free shows throughout the rest of this year and into next year. The next show is scheduled for May 6 in Phoenix.