Hello and Welcome to Addiction. The Next Step!
This website is home to a very special project, designed to change the conversation around addiction from shame and blame to kindness and compassion. Here you will find evidence-based resources and stories with startling new insights to inform and support you, particularly if you have a loved one, friend, co-worker, or relative struggling with substance use. The project is a collaboration between The Telus Fund, The Center for Motivation and Change, CBC Television, Bountiful Films, and Magnify Digital.
Addiction. The Next Step (ATNS) was inspired by the gripping life story of psychotherapist and recovering alcoholic, Michael Pond. It is made up of three key components. In the book, Wasted An Alcoholic Therapist’s Fight for Recovery in a Flawed Treatment System, readers ride shotgun on Mike’s hair-raising road to rock bottom and back. The documentary, Wasted, reveals the new science of addiction, and the ATNS Interactive Guide puts a proven new therapy directly into the hands of friends and loved ones of those battling addiction. Each element has a section on the website for you to explore at your leisure. The site is ever-changing as we add content in advance of the January 21st Canadian premiere of the documentary, release of the book, and launch of the interactive guide.
Between now and then, we’ll be sharing stories from behind the scenes. Maureen Palmer, director of the documentary, co-author of the book, and life partner of Mike Pond, reveals the pitfalls, moral quagmires and rewards of making a film about her partner, with her partner. In this space, you’ll also find videos, short stories, and facts about the revolution in addiction research and treatment.
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Co-Producer, Addiction. The Next Step