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In recognition of National Recovery Month (September), Solid Landings Behavioral Health has announced it has become affiliated with StopB4UStart, a nationwide movement, as well as a film of the same name, that aims to empower people to stop using drugs and alcohol before they start.

 The nationwide campaign will begin in earnest later this month when StopB4UStart premiers its first movie – a documentary featuring men and women in recovery, and recovery professionals, discussing how to recognize early signs of addiction.

 “We are proud to be affiliated with StopB4UStart and all that it stands for,” said James Cocco, director of communications at Solid Landings Behavioral Health, a Costa Mesa-based drug and alcohol treatment company. “Too often, young men and women find out too late that they are addicted to drugs or alcohol.  We sincerely believe this is a disease that can be satiated early on if young men and women recognize the symptoms. StopB4UStart is a wonderful look at this process and we feel it’s something that will greatly help in reducing the growing numbers of addiction in this country.”

 Danny Murphy, the founder of the organization and a recovering addict himself with more than 19 years of sobriety, is passionate about helping turn the tide against the growing scourge of addiction and alcoholism in America. Murphy said he has seen firsthand the destruction and carnage addiction and alcoholism causes in all facets of people’s lives ­­— especially young people.

 “It kills every single day and we are seeing more deaths by overdose of young people than ever before,” said Murphy, who teamed up with filmmaker Rick Davis to create a documentary he believes will create a groundswell of interest and support for this cause.

“StopB4UStart is more than a documentary; it is about dedicating as many resources as possible and put them towards that effort. We are a passionate, ‘hands-on’ non-profit organization, that will seek out those in need, where there are and empower them to stop before they ever have to go through the tragic and brutal life that is addiction.”

 The film will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Capo Beach Church in Capistrano Beach, Calif. In addition to the movie, several speakers will be on hand, as well as nationally renowned recovery speaker Earl Hightower. There is no cost to attend the premier. Donations will be accepted.

 According to a recent study by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), more American teens are dying from drug-related overdoses per year than vehicle accidents. Additionally, there are 2.5 million alcohol-related deaths worldwide per year; 320,000 of those involving people between 15 and 29 years old. It was exactly this premise, along with his passion to serve in recovery, on which Murphy felt compelled to take action.

 “I had a vision in the spring of 2015 that I had to carry a different message,” said Murphy. “Kids cross the line of alcohol and drug use before they feel like they are heard or understood.  I want kids to be heard and understood. If that happens, and my movement creates this, then they may stop before they start. That is my goal.  I believe my documentary and movement will save lives.”

 For Solid Landings, being proactive in preventing people from progressing to addiction is a cause to which it’s deeply committed. So getting behind Murphy’s unique movement made perfect sense.

 “There is nothing pleasant about witnessing young men and women battling for their lives against their diseases; we see it on a daily basis” Cocco said. “We believe that we provide the best treatment in the country for those who have crossed over the proverbial line into addiction. But it would be nice if we could help young men and women in the early stages to the point where they don’t end up in treatment.”