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Exploring the pain of opioid addiction in a powerful new musical

SunCloud Health’s core philosophy met the artistic world on the evening of April 20, when staff therapists attended the performance of “Contact High: A New Musical” at the Northbrook Theatre.

Sally McQuillen, LCSW and I were honored to meet the cast and creators of this new musical drama, which focuses on the lives of high-school students who are caught in a web of mental health issues that include opioid addiction.  

Participating in a talk-back after the show gave us the chance to answer questions from the audience about opioids, recovery and other mental health challenges. Conversations like these are a crucial part of SunCloud Health’s mission, as we actively seek ways to contribute to the community’s understanding of mental health.

WATCH THE TALK BACK VIDEO (below) and Read More from Shale in his full blog

VIDEO: Check out Shale discussing the substance abuse epidemic on Making a Difference (NBC 5 Chicago), promoting SunCloud Health’s talk back discussion event and Contact High the Musical. 

SunCloud Health hosted a live panel discussion after “Contact High,” a new musical that takes an unflinching look at heroin addiction and the pain, confusion and stigma that surrounds one young person trying to break free of addiction. The panel discussion covered the topics of substance abuse awareness and recovery, and support for conquering the stigma of mental health challenges in today’s society. Contact High (the off-Broadway musical) served as a creative facilitator for discussion between individuals and families at the show.. The event was hosted by SunCloud Health’s Shale Marks, LCSW, CADC (read more about Shale).