Russell Brand filmed drugs documentary to help addicts
Russell Brand felt compelled to open up about his drugs battle for a new documentary in a bid to inspire addicts to embark on "abstinence-based recovery".
The funnyman fought substance abuse and alcohol addiction for many years, but turned his back on drugs in 2002.
He looks back on his health battle in new show Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, and he admits the 2011 death of his friend Amy Winehouse prompted him to film the programme - but he also wanted to highlight how addicts can address their issues by abstaining from drugs rather than using treatments such as methadone.
Speaking on BBC's Newsnight show on Friday, he says, "Perhaps that (Winehouse's death) was a catalyst in my decision to make the documentary but primarily it was because I wanted more people to be aware of the possibility of abstinence-based recovery, which I believe to be the true solution to the problem and disease of alcoholism and addiction.
"It's having a program and a method to deal with a life free from drugs."
Brand has also called on officials to overhaul the laws on drug use in the country.
He adds, "I think what the government is doing wrong is directing too much (sic) funds towards methadone and harm reduction and not giving people the correct information about alcoholism and addiction. I think by focusing on criminalising people that use drugs, I think you're criminalising an entire class, an entire culture, that actually if it was treated as a health issue would perhaps be able to progress away from addiction.
"I don't think the criminalisation works... and as a recovering drug addict I know that when I was using, the legal status of the drugs that I used made no difference."
what do you think?
BS... It makes him more money and might persuade some delinquent Judge not to jail him.
I doubt that he's doing it for anything as honourable as 'the people' waste of oxygen
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I think you should be less quick to judge him and more willing to suspend your dislike of him and listen to what he has to say. He has been there and understands the nature of addiction. He does not try to glamourise anything and is really sensible and honest on this subject. Much more use to us than some silly "drugs tsar".