9:00pm Thursday 16 August on BBC THREE
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 after the tragic passing of Amy Winehouse, whose death 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 alternative recovery therapies 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.