This is a film about drugs, about taking drugs, and about getting off drugs. Nowadays, Russell Brand doesn’t drink nor take drugs. But ten years ago, he couldn’t get enough of them. Cannabis, booze, acid, speed, coke, crack, heroin, you name it and he did it, everyday. But after being told he could be dead in six months, Brand decided to get his act together and get off drugs.
The basis of this documentary came in the wake of the tragic death of his friend Amy Winehouse, who he felt he could have done something more to help, to give her the change he had. The film follows Brand as he has a sympathetic look at alcoholism and addiction, and along the way he 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 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.