Comedian Russell Brand, star of the film 'Get Him to the Greek,' has struggled with various forms of addiction throughout his life, anything from food to pornography to heroin. Find out what he learned about himself once he got sober.
Weeks after penning a column on Philip Seymour Hoffman's drug overdose, actor and comedian Russell Brand opens up about his own experience as a heroin addict. Watch as he explains why Philip's unexpected death is further proof that society's perceptions about drug abuse need to change.
Comedian Russell Brand wants to change the discussion surrounding addiction. Find out why he believes classifying drug abuse as a disease rather than a crime could make getting help easier for addicts. Plus, Russell opens up about trying to reach out to his friend Amy Winehouse before her tragic death.
As Tammy spiraled deeper into her heroin addiction, she lost custody of her two children after her sister testified against her. However, this was not the turning point that led this former nurse to get sober. Find out why Tammy says she gave herself permission to continue getting high after losing her kids. Also, Tammy reveals one of the unglamorous ways she financed her drug addiction.
After attending an elite boarding school and serving as captain of three different sports teams, Claire earned a college athletic scholarship and had plans on eventually becoming a therapist. That was all derailed, however, when she dropped out and began stealing from her family to buy heroin. Find out how Claire went from seemingly having it all to becoming a drug addict.
When 20-year-old John purchased white powder at a party, he was told it was crushed painkillers. In reality, it was pure heroin. In a startling new trend, teens and young adults are being misled into taking the drug by friends and dealers. Watch as John's mother and others discuss the painful and often tragic fallout from these lies.
There is an ongoing debate about the most effective treatment for heroin addiction: Comedian and actor Russell Brand has been a vocal advocate for abstinence-based programs, while others argue that opioid replacement therapy, which relies on drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine, are more effective tools. Watch as Dr. Jason Jerry, a psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic, explains the benefits of drug replacement as a part of therapy.
While talking with Russell Brand and Oprah about the danger of relapsing, Dr. Jason Jerry, an addiction expert at the Cleveland Clinic, recalls the warning he gives his patients: 'Once you're addicted to one substance, you're addicted to them all.' Find out why the doctor says that neither he nor any 28-day treatment program can offer a true cure for the disease.