This is the story of an American family that did everything right, or appeared to. Cheryl Sales and her husband Todd were involved parents, carefully selecting which schools their children attended. Strong Christian beliefs and regular church attendance were their bedrock. Yet by age 16, their son Josh was having trouble fitting in. In their own words, they tell the story of Josh's growing drug addiction, his trouble with the law, and his difficult recovery.
I created this film because when a family raises a child who make bad choices, the family almost always believes they did something wrong or failed in some way. Learning how to deal with the pain is difficult and the feeling of isolation is normal. Young people also have to know that when they make those bad choices, it isn't the end of the world. There are people out there who care. Families need to see this film so they can learn how one family was able to come to terms with the actions of their child.
In many ways, this is an inspirational story for families who are struggling with a child's addiction. This is also a warning to parents who think that something like this could never happen to them.
Adolescent drug users will be able to identify with Josh's story and feelings. His denial will be all too familiar and many may see for the first time the pain their behavior effects others.
A Different Night for Josh was written so it could be used by someone who has the task of teaching about drug abuse.
Suitable for broadcast on local, community or cable television (broadcast rights sold separately).