The Addiction Performance Project (APP) is a medical education program to help break down the stigma associated with addiction. Professional actors read from Act III of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Long Day’s Journey into Night then an expert panel responds to the reading. From 2011-2013, the APP was only a live audience event. In May 2013, the online version of this program was launched. The APP was developed and produced in partnership with Outside the Wire, LLC, and with the medical consultation from Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, Harvard Medical School.
This year it was held in San Francisco, CA at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The reading was followed by an expert panel reaction and facilitated audience discussion to explore the challenges for providers in working with addicted patients and the experience of these patients and their families.
Panel Members included NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Roger D. Weiss, M.D. from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital as well as Steven L. Batki, M.D. from the University of California, SF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
The concept of life imitating art imitating life for this type of message may be innovative and even captivating for doctors looking through the eyes of the patients they’re treating. We’d be interested in hearing some of your thoughts and feedback about the Addiction Performance Project. Do you feel it is a worthwhile endeavor and more things like this should be done?