Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home

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  • 1998
  • 1 Season

Bill Moyers on Addition: Close to Home was a five part true life documentary miniseries that aired on the PBS Channel (the Public Broadcasting Service). The show was hosted by Bill Moyers whom also starred in the short films. Moyers, on the course of the series' three hundred and four minutes run time, explores various different dimensions of addiction, as well as various types. From alcohol dependency, to nicotine to more hard core substances like heroine and cocaine, Moyers conducts social experiments, looks at the data and explores the personal side of things with in depth interviews from actual everyday addicts and substance abusers.

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The Politics of Addiction
5. The Politics of Addiction
March 31, 1998
The so-called "war on drugs" costs the United States government billions of dollars each year. Moyers talks with people who are seeking to change American policy from a criminal-justice approach to a public-health model. He also looks at how doctors and other advocates transformed America's attitude toward smoking.
The Next Generation
4. The Next Generation
March 31, 1998
Addiction is a cycle, passing from generation to generation. One in five American children lives in a home with an addict, but even those who don't can be at risk. Many anti-drug programs have little effect. But there is hope for kids in even the worst circumstances--if they can be reached in time and given the support they need.
Changing Lives
3. Changing Lives
March 30, 1998
How can we free the brain from addiction? While every addict's brain undergoes similar changes, there is no treatment program that works for everyone. Recovery is a personal process, and avoiding relapse is the hardest part. Moyers visits innovative treatment programs, including the one that helped his son.
The Hijacked Brain
2. The Hijacked Brain
March 29, 1998
What does addiction do to the brain? Why will addicts sacrifice everything--food, shelter, family, job--for a fix? Moyers meets with scientists who are charting the physiological changes that take place in the brain as drugs kick in. Meanwhile, genetic researchers work to determine who is likely to develop alcoholism.
Portrait of Addiction
1. Portrait of Addiction
March 29, 1998
Nine people from many walks of life, including a former drug czar, former police officer, marketing specialist, columnist, counselor, actor, and a journalist, chronicle their own journeys through addiction, from the first, ecstatic rush to the compulsive, obsessive hunger for a high. They leave no doubt that addiction does not discriminate.
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Bill Moyers on Addition: Close to Home was a five part true life documentary miniseries that aired on the PBS Channel (the Public Broadcasting Service). The show was hosted by Bill Moyers whom also starred in the short films. Moyers, on the course of the series' three hundred and four minutes run time, explores various different dimensions of addiction, as well as various types. From alcohol dependency, to nicotine to more hard core substances like heroine and cocaine, Moyers conducts social experiments, looks at the data and explores the personal side of things with in depth interviews from actual everyday addicts and substance abusers.

  • Premiere Date
    March 29, 1998