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The important question about addiction is: "Is it really a "disease?" This video essay, filmed in high-definition and recipient of NAATP's Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award 2010, presents the arguments for and against this question. Reviewing all the latest research about addiction along the way. Uses the spectacular landscape of Utah's State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people in recovery feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.

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  • Directors: Kevin McCauley
  • Producers: Jim Clegg
  • Format: Color, DVD, Full length
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Institute For Addiction Study
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AC98V2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tee on August 1, 2010
We first watched this video as part of a family therapy weekend while our daughter was in rehab. It was a very good explanation of the disease-theory of chemical dependence, as as a medical professional myself, I found it explained the processes in the brain involved in addiction in a clear and concise way. All of the family members present felt the movie was outstanding. Made by an MD who himself struggled with chemical dependency, and who has a rehabilitation center now in the Colorado area.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By S. Casner on January 14, 2011
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I've never seen a science based look into the brain disease of addiction as good and entertaining as this one. Enough so that I even purchased the DVD which I never do. There's lots of great scenery throughout to help lighten the load of the information you are receiving, even a little bit of comedy. As a scientist it was also the first one I have watched that wasn't patronizing to me in its explanation of brain structure and the disease concept of addiction. This is the only explanation of addiction i have been excited to show to family and friends to help them understand the plight of an addict's thinking.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Eugenia F. Sucher on November 11, 2010
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This is an amazing DVD. It offers a unique visual understanding of addiction. At the finish of the movie, I wanted to start it over and watch it again. I have told as many people as I can about it, including some chemical dependency professionals. A must have for anyone who is in a 12 Step Program and is still having trouble accepting and/or understanding that addiction IS a disease.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CMax on February 1, 2012
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I am an addiction counselor at a twenty-eight day treatment facility in Maryland. I showed this movie to the clients at first they seemed uninterested, but all of the sudden every man in the room had his eyes glued to the television. As each segment came on you could hear the patients starting to identify with how the disease hijacks the thought process. They were very excited by the way that each scene included these majestic visual objects. I would recommend this movie for all treatment programs to show to their clients.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By I. Yoshida on November 25, 2011
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I am a substance abuse counselor and this is one of the best educational tools out there for educating the population of recovering addicts/alcoholics. It is able to meet the clients where ever they are at in their recovery; wether they have 1 week or 1 year, it's a great tool for all.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Marmar on January 7, 2012
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I have watched this video at least 6 times! In fact I purchased a 2nd copy for "Wit's End (familys of addicts support group)" that I am part of. Everyone that sees this film is so inspired, because it answers so many questions. We are the parents of wonderful intelligent children with so much hope and opportunity for wonderful happy futures. We see those children giving up everything wonderful to pursue drugs. This video although a bit technical is wonderful to watch, the music, the scenery and scenerios make what could be a dry lecture come to life. It is a great film for those who have just been struck the blow of learning that their child or loved one is an addict, it is a great film for those who have struggled as a addict family (when there is an addict in the family the whole family suffers). It is a great film for the addict to understand that addiction is a forever disease from which there can be recovery. It is also a great comfort for families (like ours) and loved ones who lost the war of addiction and are mourning the death of the addict from overdose.

The clip on YouTube it a wonderful preview of this video!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steven on March 15, 2011
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Kevin McCauley does a fantastic job of explaining the brain disease of addiction. Using the landscape of Utah, he explains the functions of the brain and how they become unwoven by addiction. His argument for addiction as a brain disease is sound, entertaining, and a must see for those who are or have experienced addiction in any area of their lives. That is, if one is an addict, knows an addict, or simply wants to know more about a disease that is wreaking havoc on our society, this is the best source of knowledge available.I would especially recommend it to those working in rehabilitation settings, Addicted Disorder Studies, psychiatrists, psychologists, and every single M.D. on the planet.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DEM on April 26, 2011
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This video is a little excessive in the "drama" (long scenes of desert driving) but the many facets of information he offers about the causes of addictions are very helpful both for the addicted person and the family of that person. He adds a great deal of insight into the argument about whether this is a disease or a choice ..... I commend this movie to all who are concerned about such issues.
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