My Sister Sarah is a 25-minute documentary about my sister’s continuing struggle with drug addiction and her long road to recovery. Starting at age 15, Sarah was in and out of rehabilitation centers for 13 years. With the help of a national 12-step program, she has remained clean for five years and supports her two-year-old daughter, Serenity. Her inspiring ability to overcome this devastating addiction is only superseded by her willingness to share her story with others.
Sarah puts a human face to the often-stereotyped world of drug abuse. Born to a hard-working father and stay-at-home mother in Fargo, North Dakota, Sarah’s family fit the picture-perfect American dream. But Sarah did not fit. “Everyone is in the nucleic family and I’m just a random electron floating on the outside,” she says. When she felt she would never meet her parents’ expectations, she rebelled, running away from home, dropping out of school, and using drugs.
Despite significant empirical research conducted on meth abuse, there is still incomplete qualitative material on addicts and their families. Sarah’s story sheds light on the interior anguish of this addiction and the struggle to recover from it. My Sister Sarah provides both the opportunity for Sarah to tell her story and encouragement to the growing number of young addicts who continue their own struggle towards recovery.