Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

From BBC:

"Rock Of Ages" Press ConferenceBrand 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 criminalized? 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. – BBC Three.

Watch the full documentary now – 60 min

hat tip: Masculine Heart

Updated note:

I posted this before I watched it because I like Russell Brand and take delight in watching his transformation. That remains true. I was disappointed actually by this documentary. He’s very much into the disease model…I don’t buy the disease model…I think human beings are addicts by nature (given our culture at this time, anyway) and it’s all a matter of degree. I still like Russell, but I do not like the disease model meme.

There is no pathology that makes addiction an illness…it’s the same as calling any “mental” illness an illness…NO PATHOLOGY…we’re just talking bad habits…and every human being has them…they are fixable by virtue of our neuroplastic brains ( and they also get really nasty and ingrained by virtue of our neuroplastic brains…this is where we can choose, though it takes great effort and learning new habits over time, as Russell Brand expresses from a somewhat different stand point to heal). Anyway, in this way we can heal from these sorts of “mental” afflictions. But no labs, no blood work…it’s the psychiatric conundrum…there is no illness.

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