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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.
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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
* - 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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use segments of this series for psychoeducation groups with dual-diagnosis clients. Some good info, but it's already dated and the menus aren't the most user friendly.Published 3 months ago by Liora
Great I loved it. Played it at my treatment center for my students.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
More of an educational documentary. A little boring but has some interesting insights into inner workings of addiction, if you can stick with it.Published 5 months ago by Luciana V
Extensive material. Use educationally - some segments regularly and others more selectively. Realistic and relatable. Great value too!Published 12 months ago by John