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Addiction (2007)

Courtney Madison , Keanna Bradley , Quasarman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Courtney Madison, Keanna Bradley, Mark Davis, Wendy Knight, Jewel Valmont
  • Directors: Quasarman
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC5BGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Addiction" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The critically acclaimed 90-minute HBO film
  • Over five hours of additional material, including 13 comprehensive segments on addiction, relapse, the search for treatment, adolescent addicts, and more
  • Includes additional interviews with: Nora Volkow, M.D.; Mark Willenbring, M.D.; Michael Dennis, Ph.D.; Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D.  
  • 12-page program guide

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The feature length documentary film ADDICTION brings together the nation's leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction with a collection of award-winning filmmakers to shed light on addiction, its causes and the latest and most prominent developments in treatments. Its focus is on case studies and new medical treatments. A supplementary series of 13 short films delves deeper into the various dimensions of addiction.

DVD Features:
Documentary:Includes 3 discs of additional content that will not premiere on the network.
Interviews:Includes additional interviews with: Nora Volkow, M.D. Mark Willenbring, M.D. Michael Dennis, Ph.D. Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D.

This groundbreaking HBO series teams some of America's foremost experts on the vexing problem of addiction with some of the most talented documentary filmmakers working. The result, Addiction, is a riveting pastiche of short spotlights on the deep wounds, scars, and battles affecting the growing numbers of people plagued with addictions, especially to drugs and alcohol. In A Mother's Desperation by Grey Gardens co-filmmaker Albert Maysles and Susan Froemke, a Pittsburgh mom is wrung nearly dry in her frantic attempt to keep her daughter alive through her horrifying addiction to opiates. At one point, she resorts to having her arrested: the ultimate in tough love. Other segments look at the devastation wreaked by alcohol, that most sanctioned of social drugs, and how people in varying social and economic strata have tried (and in some cases, failed) to overcome their heart-breaking diseases. A lot of emphasis is given to medical solutions and research, and less to some methods with very established success records (notably, Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step groups). But the filmmakers may have felt the work of A.A. has been explored deeply over the years, and also doesn't necessarily work as a film subject. The ones they have chosen to focus on, including struggling teens, insurance lapses, workplace stigma, etc., are gripping enough.

The set comes with even more intense and deeply reported footage (more than four hours' worth of extras) including interviews with addiction experts, and fascinating brain research that shows how the flawed addict brain reacts. There's also a helpful paper guide to the series, with talking points, which can make the series a useful tool for health professionals, teachers, 12-step groups, and even families who are desperate to understand this often baffling condition. It's not a breezy experience, but watching Addiction will surely change hearts and minds of those touched by one of the most destructive conditions in modern life. --A.T. Hurley

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last.... March 26, 2007
This is a long overdue documentary. It's phenomenal in that it covers almost every aspect of addiction there is including the ER perspective and the challenges with health insurance.

As a healthcare professional, I am frequently astounded by the response I receive when I ask patients what they have lost as a result of their addiction. While the responses range from jobs to cars and money, the room often becomes a lot quieter when the responses include children, families and identity. - This documentary hits on those difficult issues and several others which are present today and continue to present challenges for patients, families and healthcare providers. There is a long way to go - this documentary is a nice step forward.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars america's struggle March 18, 2007
this is an incredibly powerful documentary that looks at addiction from many different angles. it's about time light has been shed on the subject- light that can burn anyone and then fade out before you know it.

millions of americans struggle with addiction and most of them can't get help. chances are, you're affected by addiction in one way or another (yourself, a friend, a family member..) and this documentary does a fantastic job at helping to remove the stigmas from the disease and show the struggles on the way down as well as up. i think america as a whole should be forced to watch this film- it's unparralled.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the recovery? September 16, 2007
* - This video does a terrific explaining addiction as a brain disease, the best I've ever seen.
* - They did a great job choosing the experts to interview, they are the most respected researchers in the field today.
* - A segment on parity and the efforts of a steamfitters union to self-insure do a great job illustrating how difficult it is to get decent treatment.

* - There is no presentation of recovery. I assume this series is intended to reduce stigma. Without presenting recovery, I fear it will increase stigma.
* - It oversells pharmacological treatments. A lay person I say the centerpiece video with said, "so all you need to do is get one of those prescriptions?" They give the impression that the medications are a complete treatment rather than a potentially helpful tool.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary R May 17, 2007
I am a licensed Social Worker who has worked with addictions for 30 years. This information was not exactly new. However, there are many recovery programs & staff who would benefit from adding this information to their treatment programs. The main mesage to me was that in order to successfully treat the "cravings" we need to address the brains chemistry. Although it is not appealing to treat ones drug adiction with another drug ( take methadone for example) the research does merit attention. If there is a medication to help with the cravings then to me it is worth looking into.

So many people look down on people with addictions and think they have no willpower. True many have stayed sober thru 12 step programs but many more need something else they are not already being offerred. People say the addict "failed" the program where I see the program "failed" the addict. One key in this documentary is to get addicts into treatment ASAP vs waiting for them to "hit bottom". I think the brain chemistry information can be a useful component to adapt into treatment. Then if it works we can save thousands of lives.

I don't see this as a one size fits all but as an addition to prevention programs along with counseling and 12 step meetings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative October 21, 2011
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I teach a class on counseling the chemically dependent, and I use this set of videos to break up the monotony of me lecturing. The series speaks to the neurobiology of addiction by showing brain scans and discussing the dopamine system with some frequency. These videos encompass a variety of themes on addiction, including the perspective of addicts, the perspective of a parent of an addict, and the medical properties of addiction. Some of my students complain that the videos let addicts off too easily by not holding them responsible for their addictions. I agree, to an extent, but I think the purpose of this video is to educate people about how addiction perpetuates itself, not place blame. This set of dvds has been a great point of discussion in my class.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction Is A Good Addition To Anyone's Library May 12, 2007
I've found Addiction to be a quality addition for my library regarding drug and alcohol abuse. [...]
Not only is the main 90-minute movie a valuable asset, but also the 20-minutes mini-movies help to go into further depth and detail including interviews with experts in the field, understanding relapse as a part of recovery, understanding adolescent addicts, searching for treatment and the CRAFT and CBT approaches to addiction treatment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative December 9, 2007
I am a chemical dependency counseling student, I found this documentary to be up to date and even told me things that I didn't learn in lecture. There is a chapter called The Science of Relapse and I would suggest anyone watch it; it gives a detailed description of how relapse happens and what can trigger it. I think that it could even help family members struggling with understanding relapse. Very well executed and not a bunch of pshycobabble. My professor recommended it to the class, I'm really glad I listened to him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 10 days ago by David A. Engebregtsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great tool
Published 1 month ago by Joany Rosales
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
good documentary
Published 3 months ago by Peter R.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I did not open it. I want to return this item.
Published 3 months ago by R. Pavusa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So much great information included
Published 3 months ago by LMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
As a substance abuse counselor I find it helpful with family and loved ones who come in with questions and a need for understanding.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia A. Hamm
2.0 out of 5 stars Sobriety
Some of the material is dated but otherwise it does a good job explaining the disease. Would like to see more recovery based solutions addicts/ alcoholics do daily to achieve... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Benjamin J. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok-but too "disease-model" oriented
Many good examples of current addiction outcomes, treatment approaches, but ultimately, too "disease-model" oriented as evidenced by having Nora Valkow, M.D. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Atheistically Yours
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource of serious science about addiction
Both the DVD and the book are extremely good resources.

In a footnote in the book, I found a reference to baclofen use laid developed by Dr. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Haley Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction DVD
This is one of the best DVD's i have used- it is informative and interesting at the same time. I would recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Anne Terwilliger
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