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Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

The story of how Russell Brand battled to stay clean of drugs is at the heart of this honest, personal film in which he challenges how our society deals with addicts and addiction.

Ten years ago Russell Brand was addicted to heroin, his career was unravelling and he was told he may only have six months to live. The story of how he battled to stay clean of drugs is at the heart of this eye-opening and searingly honest, personal film in which Brand challenges how our society deals with addicts and addiction.

It comes in the wake of the tragic death of his friend Amy Winehouse, which was the spur to this exploration of the 'condition of addiction' which, he believes, is misunderstood and wrongly treated. Brand meets a whole range of people from whom he draws insights - scientists at the cutting edge of research into the psychology of addiction, those involved in innovative recovery treatments and drug addicts themselves.

Is addiction a disease? Should it be criminalised? And is abstinence-based recovery, which worked for Brand, a possible way forward? In this documentary Brand challenges conventional theory and practice as well as government policy in his own inimitable style, confronting the reality of addiction head on. Along the way he draws on his own experience to try to help one of the addicts he meets to take the first steps towards recovery. Armed with his own heartfelt beliefs and new insights gained during his journey, Brand has the opportunity to change the hearts and minds of policy makers when he is invited to give evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee investigating the efficacy of current drug addiction treatment in the UK.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 9 Mar 2013 01:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Russell Brand
Presenter Russell Brand
Presenter Russell Brand
Executive Producer Liz Hartford
Executive Producer Liz Hartford
Executive Producer Liz Hartford
Producer Ross Wilson
Producer Ross Wilson
Producer Ross Wilson
Director Ross Wilson
Director Ross Wilson
Director Ross Wilson

Broadcasts

Russell Brand: End the Drugs War

Russell Brand: End the Drugs War

Russell Brand challenges the viewpoint that the government's drugs policy is working.