A scene from the documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard

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In the HBO documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi follows Ted and his family over an 18-month period as they struggle to rebuild their lives after the scandal. The documentary chronicles the Haggard family in Scottsdale, Arizona, moving first to a friend's home and then into an apartment. It also shows Ted's many unsuccessful attempts at finding a job.

Ted says he and his family felt as though they were living "in exile" because the terms of the settlement they reached with the church forced them to leave their home in Colorado and stay out of the public eye. Money was tight, and Ted spiraled into moments of self-pity. In the documentary, he calls himself a "first-class loser."
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