Filming the Brutality of the Opioid Epidemic
- May 1, 2019
Not since the AIDS outbreak of the 1970s and 1980s has America experienced so severe of a problem as the Opioid Epidemic. Who would’ve thought that a group of medications initially designed to help people cope with pain could take such a deadly turn in our society? Millions of people are suffering from addiction, while hundreds of thousands have died due to overdoses. Now, take into consideration that 54 million people use these painkillers at some point, some for medical purpose, and you can see why this problem is widespread. Now, America is hot on the heels of the crisis to provide a warning sign to the masses. Here is a closer look at filming the brutality of the opioid epidemic.
The Recovery Boys (2018)
While we hear about opioid-related fatalities enough on the news, we rarely get a glimpse on the ground floor of the crisis. Netflix’s original documentary The Recovery Boys takes viewers on a gut-wrenching journey through America’s pain and suffering. Directors tag along with four young men who are suffering from opioid addiction and struggling to overcome their sickness at Jacob’s Ladder, a farming recovery center in West Virginia.
From the streets to the front lines, Netflix takes us into the lives of three women (a firefighter, a realtor, and a judge) who fight for resources for defense against the opioid crisis in Heroin(e). Taking us to Huntington, West Virginia, this documentary plunges us into the opioid epicenter of the United States and exposes us to a death rate that is 10 times higher than the national incidence.
Dr. Feelgood (2016)
Needless to say, when Mötley Crüe created this iconic song, they hit the nail on the head regarding the twisted nature of drugs. Now, in the documentary entitled Dr. Feelgood, audiences are introduced to a doctor who gained infamy for his work with opioids. Dr. William Elliot Hurwitz, the “Feelgood” of the movie, is a physician who can either be viewed as a caring doctor or a mainstream opioid distributor. Either way, the movie showcases the complicated nature of the crisis and forces us to answer the question: did doctors and Big Pharma cause our pain?
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder is easily one of the most terrifying substance use disorders on the planet, mostly because opioid addiction partially stems from a large number of drugs that are legally regulated by the federal government. For decades, our country has suffered beneath the weight of dangerous synthetics and legal painkillers, and millions of Americans have suffered from addiction throughout the 20 years the crisis has been brewing. However, you can make the right decision by taking a stand against your addiction and regaining your health and happiness.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of opioid withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.