Watch the four-part documentary series that provides a unique insight into addiction, stigma and treatment.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Addicted Australia is a four-part documentary series that provides a unique insight into addiction, stigma and treatment by following ten clients, their clinicians, peer support workers, families and friends as they take part in a six-month treatment program designed by Turning Point.
Addicted Australia is a bold and personal look at the reality of addiction which tests and debunks many of the prevailing misconceptions that further the damaging stigma faced by those living with dependency issues. It was commissioned by SBS in 2019 and produced by the award-winning television production company Blackfella Films. The series will be rated Mature Audience (MA15+) and will is not suitable for people aged under 15 years.
“Addiction is one of the most stigmatised of all health conditions. The accompanying shame and stigma can result in a delay of up to 20 years from when somebody starts developing a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling before they seek help. That is far too long, and as a consequence many Australians and their families suffer in silence. We have to Rethink Addiction”
Professor Dan Lubman
Executive Clinical Director – Turning Point
WHEN TO WATCH?
The series will premiere on SBS on Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 8.30pm AEDT and will also be available through SBS On Demand. Visit the SBS page to find out more about how to watch the series.
RETHINK ADDICTION - A MOMENT FOR CHANGE
Addicted Australia has the potential to help start a conversation and change Australia's attitudes towards addiction. That is part of the reason we started the campaign to Rethink Addiction, but we need your help to make it a reality. You can help change the story of addiction and join the campaign to make it a national priority by sharing your story of addiction or signing up to the campaign today.
Episode one demonstrates that people struggling with addiction have long been depicted in the media as on the fringes of society. But that’s not reality. Sarah, one of the participants in the series, clearly shows that anyone can be affected by addiction.
Episode four showed a common aspect of recovery – lapse and relapse. When Matt has a lapse, he comes to his next counselling session concerned about what the team will think. But what he encounters is the support of people who are on similar journeys.