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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Free Substance Abuse Educational Film

A screening of the documentary film The First Day is being held Sunday, September 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Library, in Carlsbad.

       The First Day depicts an innovative approach to prevention and wellness education with a look into the struggles facing our youth today. Filmed at public and private high schools over the course of a year, the film chronicles former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, Chris Herren’s journey revealing his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. The First Day addresses issues that school systems and students across the country are impacted by each day, directly or indirectly, including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental health problems.

       “When it comes to speaking about addiction, the focus is oftentimes about the worst day. We need to focus on how this begins rather than on how it ends. Prevention starts on the first day,” says Herren.

       All are invited to watch this film and raise awareness of this critical issue and challenge in our community and address substance use with a focus on wellness.

       This free community event is presented by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency–San Diego. A panel discussion and a Q&A will be held at the end of the film.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Seating is limited and open to all. Location: 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit