The Films

The feature-length documentary film ADDICTION is the centerpiece of the Addiction project. Bringing together the nation's leading experts with award- winning filmmakers, it consists of nine separate segments, including: "Saturday Night in a Dallas ER," by Jon Alpert; "A Mother's Desperation," by Susan Froemke and Albert Maysles; "The Science of Relapse," by Eugene Jarecki and Susan Froemke; "The Adolescent Addict," by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; "Brain Imaging," by Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy; "Opiate Addiction: A New Medication," by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; "Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism," by Alan and Susan Raymond; "Steamfitters Local Union 638," by Barbara Kopple; and "Insurance Woes," by Susan Froemke. ADDICTION is produced by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke; executive produced by Sheila Nevins.



Addiction: Centerpiece Documentary
Saturday Night in a Dallas ER
Directed by Jon Alpert
At Parkland Memorial Hospital, there are over 30,000 injury-related visits to the emergency room every year - nearly half of which involve drugs or alcohol.

A Mother's Desperation
Directed by Susan Froemke and Albert Maysles
In Pittsburgh, a middle-age woman turns to police as a last resort to save her 23-year-old daughter Aubrey.

The Science of Relapse
Researchers enlist addicts to participate in a study investigating the brain's response to drug cues.

The Adolescent Addict
At 10, Dylan's biological father left his family. Now 15, Dylan has a drug problem.

Brain Imaging
Directed by Liz Garbus and Produced by Rory Kennedy
The ability to look inside the brain through electronic imaging has yielded many advances in the study of addiction.

Opiate Addiction: A New Medication
In the '60s, methadone was found to be successful in treating addiction to opiates like heroin. More recently, buprenorphine has taken the treatment one step further.

Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism
Directed by Alan Raymond and Produced by Susan Raymond
An estimated 17 million Americans suffer from alcohol- use disorders, but only 13% are being treated with medication proven to be effective.

Steamfitters Local Union 638
Directed by Barbara Kopple
For years, Don Perks had a reputation as one of the steamfitter union's hardest workers - and one of its biggest drinkers. After a series of close calls, Don finally turned his life around, and decided to help other union members with drinking problems.

Insurance Woes
Directed by Susan Froemke
Among the most troubling issues facing addicts and their families today is that of insurance: many insurance policies for individuals and companies simply don't cover long-term treatment of drug addiction.



Addiction: The Supplementary Series
What is Addiction?
Directed by Liz Garbus
In an informal therapy group, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of NIDA, discusses addiction as a brain disease with addicts and family members.

Understanding Relapse
Directed by Susan Froemke
What leads to relapse? Why is drug addiction a chronic, relapsing disease? Experts explain that relapse is not the failure of treatment but part of the disorder.

The Search For Treatment: A Challenging Journey
Addiction can be difficult for both the addict and their family members. What can be even more difficult is finding the right treatment for an individual. What is treatment? How do you know how to choose the right program?

The Adolescent Addict
The adolescent brain is not fully developed, making a young person extremely vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction. Co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression are typically present with adolescent addicts.

An Interview with Dr. Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Dr. Nora Volkow addresses a wide range of issues in this program such as: addiction as a brain disease; the stigma associated with addiction; the adolescent addict; relapse; and the effectiveness of combining behavioral therapies with medication.

An Interview with Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.
Dr. Mark L. Willenbring discusses the different factors that can lead to alcoholism, including genetics and psychiatric disorders.

An Interview with Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael L. Dennis is an expert on the treatment of adolescents with drug and alcohol problems. In this program, he discusses the vulnerability of an adolescent's brain and the prevalence of co- occurring disorders in teen addiction.

An Interview with Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Kathleen T. Brady discusses how underlying disorders like anxiety, depression or trauma can lead to addiction or relapse.

Getting an Addict into Treatment: The CRAFT Approach
Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a gentle and effective method for helping families guide addicted loved ones into treatment.

Treating Stimulant Addiction: The CBT Approach
No medical treatment currently exists for stimulant addiction, which include methamphetamine and cocaine. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the most effective treatment for stimulant addiction.

Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy
Scott Farnum, Administrator, Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine, discusses the different types of opioids and their effects on the brain.

South Boston Drug Court
Directed by Joe Berlinger
Drug Courts are an alternative to incarcerating repeat, non-violent drug felons. In lieu of jail, addicts are mandated to receive comprehensive treatment, which often reduces relapses and re-arrests

A Mother's Desperation
Directed by Susan Froemke
The story of one mother's attempt to rescue her daughter from her heroin addiction -a more complete telling of the story introduced in the centerpiece show, Addiction.



Addiction: The Complementary Series
TV Junkie
Directed by Michael Cain and Matt Radecki
A striking video diary of Rick Kirkham, a successful 48-year old television journalist who gets introduced to drugs and later becomes addicted to crack cocaine.

Cracked Not Broken
Directed and Produced by Paul Perrier
Opens a disturbing window on the life of Lisa, a 37-year-old crack-cocaine addict and estranged mother of one who prostitutes herself to fuel her costly drug habit.

Montana Meth
Directed by Eames Yates
Paints a broad, harrowing picture of the meth problem in Montana, which ranks second in the nation for teenage and adult abuse of the drug.

A Revolving Door
Directed by Marilyn Braverman and Produced by Chuck Braverman
Chronicles 33-year-old Tommy Lennon's decade long struggle with the dual challenge of drug addiction and mental illness, conditions possibly triggered by a head injury he suffered while surfing at age 17.






Read about the filmmakers who contributed segments to the Addiction project.

Read about the experts who contributed articles to the Addiction website.

Read about the subjects featured in the film, and how they're doing today.

Learn about resources for recovery.

Town Meetings and other public events are being organized in communities across America. At many events, the centerpiece documentary Addiction will be screened.




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