MTV’s 16 And franchise returns tomorrow (Sept. 1) with the four-part limited docuseries 16 And Recovering.
In the tradition of predecessor 16 And Pregnant, the show intends to offer a “brutally honest wake up call,” this time addressing the rise in adolescent addiction in recognition of National Recovery Month.
16 And Recovering follows nine students at Northshore Recovery High School, a public high school in Beverly, Massachusetts — founded by principal Michelle Lipinski — where teens work to recover from drug addictions while earning their diplomas.
Viewers will follow students and families’ paths to recovery as they are guided by faculty members who have gone through similar experiences with addiction.
The series hopes to provide, through the students’ experiences, a window into the complexities of treatment, including healthcare coverage and financial barriers, and the difficulties of navigating the judicial system.
MTV is collaborating with such organizations as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to provide critical information and resources for 16andrecovering.com, a new site that will launch in conjunction with the premiere.
This online hub will include a resource guide to foster conversations around the series, tools for educators to support their students and opportunities for people to get involved at a community level. Additionally, viewers will be able to access information to better understand treatment options and the addiction and recovery system.
16 And Recovering is directed by Steve Liss, who executive produced alongside Devin Amar for Scheme Engine, Regina K. Scully and the Artemis Rising Foundation and The LEF Foundation. Lily Neumeyer and Benjamin Hurvitz are executive producers for MTV.
The series premieres Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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