One out of seven young adults needs treatment for addiction — and MTV will present an unprecedented look at what it’s like to be 16 and Recovering.
The brand-new series is premiering on September 1 at 9:00— at the beginning of National Recovery Month — and will go inside the hallways of Northshore Recovery High School to showcase the lives of students and families’ paths to recovery as they are guided by faculty members. Principal Michelle Lipinski founded the school to create a safe and supportive community while placing a high value on education and accountability. Principal Michelle Lipinski founded the school to create a safe and supportive community while placing a high value on education and accountability.
Steve Liss — executive producer and director of the four-part docu-series — spent one year with the Northshore community and recently spoke with MTV News about the experience. Prior to becoming a documentary filmmaker, Liss worked at Time for more than 20 years and has more than 40 covers to his credit. His work tells the stories of “people who are struggling,” and his primary goal is to capture “intimate stories about people whose stories may not have been told. “My hope is that young people watching this will understand that they’re not alone. That they’re not bad. That they’re not a loser. That they have a disease and that they can get better. And that they can get help.”
Watch the trailer for the series: MTV “16 and Recovering”
Click to read MTV News’ interview with the Emmy nominee, and watch the series beginning on Tuesday, September 1 at 9/8c.