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Pleasure Unwoven: An Explanation of the Brain Disease of Addiction (2010)

Kevin McCauley  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Kevin McCauley
  • Producers: Jim Clegg
  • Format: Color, DVD, Full length
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Institute For Addiction Study
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AC98V2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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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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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure Unwoven 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Steven
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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
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing Information February 1, 2012
By CMax
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very educational about addiction! April 26, 2011
By DEM
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Important contribution to resolving a difficult condition.
Published 2 hours ago by Pete Hraber
5.0 out of 5 stars This was so informative in easy to understand explanations and terms
This was so informative in easy to understand explanations and terms. I agree that the frequent periods of scenic views make some people impatient, but what I suggested to the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by eevans
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service. Best explanation of Addiction as a Brain ...
Excellent service. Best explanation of Addiction as a Brain Disease.
Published 5 days ago by Lilla Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is great for parenting teens.
Published 15 days ago by Phil McAdams
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin McCauley is brilliant. He figured out a way to explain a ...
Kevin McCauley is brilliant. He figured out a way to explain a very complicated subject in a way that non-medically trained people could understand. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jamie Bell
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Eye opening video. Easy to understand. Different perspective on addiction.
Published 17 days ago by Dixie Bickel
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Published 19 days ago by Joan M Lundquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
If you have anyone in your life witrh addiction issues (drugs/alcohol) you need to see this DVD. It helps to educate ourselves to understand the disease. Highly recommend!
Published 20 days ago by Happy Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video for substance abuse professionals or educators!
Great, current video about the controversial topic of addiction- choice or disease. I show it to substance abuse groups and it has been very well received.
Published 21 days ago by catherine walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My group really loved this DVD. The information, presentation and scenery are great!
Published 27 days ago by peachey
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