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Addiction Unplugged travels across the country taking a compelling look inside the world of addiction and recovery in the midst of the worst opioid epidemic in US history. Through education, awareness, prevention and solutions-based initiatives, the show chronicles the efforts of organizations in the private and public sectors who are battling this epidemic, and brings to light inspirational stories of real people in recovery.

Saturday 1:00 PM et/pt on A&E
1 Season, 10 Episodes
August 17, 2019
Documentary & Biography
7.2/10
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Addiction Unplugged Full Episode Guide

  • Spotlighting the unsung heroes helping those struggling with addiction. In Miami, NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning has built a model for youth centers in an attempt to "break the cycle" of addiction. Then, a ministry on the tough south side of Chicago gives addicts a "hand up" and a chance to recover.

  • Controversial ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams opens up about his struggles with substance abuse.

  • Every day, first responders are on the front lines of the addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. But the dangerous nature of the job, and the stress that comes along with it, can lead even the bravest heroes down a dark path. This episode examines some of the underlying causes of addiction amongst first responders, and takes into account personal stories of police, firefighters and other emergency service professionals who have struggled firsthand with addiction in the field and in their own lives.

  • Mike Lindell, the owner of the famous infomercial product My Pillow, struggled with an extreme addiction to crack cocaine for many years before getting sober and creating his fortune. His mission now is to help others who also struggle with addiction by employing and guiding addicts and showing that they can be superstars in the workforce if given the chance.

  • Battles with addiction can be overwhelming for the members of any addict’s family, but when pregnancy and motherhood are involved, the stakes are raised to a new level. For pregnant women and mothers, treatment of their addiction is about much more than just getting themselves off drugs. This episode explores the potential physical, emotional, and legal impacts of addiction during motherhood, and shares stories of women who beat the odds to keep their families together and are now using their second chance to pay it forward.

  • In the LGBTQ community, where oppression, repression of true feelings and lack of acceptance from family and friends are often unfortunate facts of life, the rates of addiction are incredibly high. On this episode, we profile a Connecticut farm that has become a safe haven for the LGBTQ community and focuses on the challenges of addiction and treats the crisis in a new way.

  • For many US military veterans, the battles and horrors of war don’t end upon their returns home. Faced with PTSD, physical wounds and memories of those lost forces many to turn to numbing the pain with drugs and alcohol. On this episode, we shine a light on those who have taken steps to overcome their own war wounds using unique therapies and have set their sights on helping others.

  • Ohio has become ground zero for the United States opioid epidemic. This episode explores the reasons why, as a catastrophic combination of unfettered prescribing of pain medications, along with the strategic geographical distribution appeal of the state, and the massive influx of black tar heroin have become catalysts of the worst drug epidemic in US history.

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