Faith-Based Docu-FIlm "The Forgotten Pandemic" Addresses the Horrors of Opioid Addiction

The Forgotten Pandemic

New faith-based docu-film The Forgotten Pandemic has just been released. This compelling documentary sheds light on how opioid addiction has quietly become a pandemic. This film shows the darkness related to addiction and sheds light with stories of hope and recovered individuals. The Forgotten Pandemic is a 40 minute, short documentary featuring doctors, EMTs, pastors, counselors, family members, and leaders in recovery sharing their personal stories of freedom.  

The film features counselors, pastors, leaders, doctors, former clients, and notables such as Zach WilliamsMark Hall from Casting Crowns, and Knoxville Mayor/former pro-wrestler Glenn Jacobs.

"During the Covid pandemic, we started to see a change where documentaries were becoming very popular and starting significant conversations in our culture," shares Pastor Adam Comer, CEO of S2L Recovery. "It got us thinking and we just wanted to be obedient and answered the call to create a documentary on the pandemic of opioid addiction.  We wanted to bring a very dark issue into the light and give much-needed hope to both those struggling with any form of addiction as well as the people who love them."

In 2020, The CDC reports that drug overdose deaths reached a record high of 93,331. This number was a staggering 29.4% increase from the previous year. Synthetic opioids were involved in more than 60% of those deaths.  (

In the film, Comer shares, "Now the great surge in this addiction pandemic came through people becoming addicted to opiates. These opiates are made by pharmaceutical companies.  What sound-minded person really believes that the answer to the pandemic is just more drugs made by the same pharmaceutical companies?"

Since 2006, S2L Recovery has given hope to men ages 18-65 who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. A Christian-based addiction recovery residential care facility, the 501(c)3 non-profit is a 'come as you are' holistic program that covers all aspects of recovery care: biblical teaching, recovery coaching, medical and clinical care, recovery skills classes, peer and pastoral-led counseling.  Students enjoy a balance of classes and peer fellowship as they participate in extracurricular activities, outdoor experiences, and church services.



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