Bill Moyers on Addiction - Close to Home

Bill Moyers on Addiction - Close to Home

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Addiction can happen to anyone. It is an equal opportunity disease, crossing boundaries of race, creed, and class, destroying individuals, families, and communities. Most Americans have been touched by addiction, including renowned journalist Bill Moyers, whose oldest son struggled with drugs and alcohol. In this acclaimed five-part series, Moyers looks at substance abuse from all sides: personal, professional, scientific, and political. First, we hear from the real experts: recovering addicts. Then, Moyers talks with scientists who study how drugs change the brain, treatment professionals who help recovering addicts lead healthy lives, and kids in danger of becoming the next generation of addicts. Finally, he reports on the ongoing fight to change our national drug policy. Far-ranging, frank, and compassionate, On Addiction: Close to Home is an in-depth exploration of the heartbreak of addiction and the hope and possibility of recovery. Episode 1 Portrait of Addiction - Nine people from many walks of life, including a former drug czar, former police officer, marketing specialist, columnist, counselor, actor, and a journalist, chronicle their own journeys through addiction, from the first, ecstatic rush to the compulsive, obsessive hunger for a high. They leave no doubt that addiction does not discriminate. Episode 2 The Hijacked Brain - What does addiction do to the brain? Why will addicts sacrifice everything—food, shelter, family, job—for a fix? Moyers meets with scientists who are charting the physiological changes that take place in the brain as drugs kick in. Meanwhile, genetic researchers work to determine who is likely to develop alcoholism. Episode 3 Changing Lives - How can we free the brain from addiction? While every addict’s brain undergoes similar changes, there is no treatment program that works for everyone. Recovery is a personal process, and avoiding relapse is the hardest part. Moyers visits innovative treatment programs, including the one that helped his son. Episode 4 The Next Generation - Addiction is a cycle, passing from generation to generation. One in five American children lives in a home with an addict, but even those who don’t can be at risk. Many antidrug programs have little effect. But there is hope for kids in even the worst circumstances—if they can be reached in time and given the support they need. Episode 5 The Politics of Addiction - The so-called “war on drugs” costs the United States government billions of dollars each year. Moyers talks with people who are seeking to change American policy from a criminal-justice approach to a public-health model. He also looks at how doctors and other advocates transformed America’s attitude toward smoking.


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