About the Documentary.
A Vancouver therapist triumphs over alcoholism and embarks on a mission to ensure his clients get the treatment he didnâ€™t.
We are riding a wave of enormous change in addiction research & treatment, yet most Canadians donâ€™t know it and – whatâ€™s worse – neither do their doctors. In the documentary Wasted, therapist and alcoholic in recovery Mike Pond, along with his life partner filmmaker Maureen Palmer, take viewers on a very personal journey of discovery. They reveal tantalizing clues to what causes addiction and focus on compassionate evidence-based treatments that pick up where AA leaves off.
â€œMike kept failing the program but is it possible that it was the program that failed him?â€
Mike Pond knows addiction from the inside out. After two decades as a successful therapist helping clients battle addiction, Mike succumbed himself. He lost his practice, his home and his family to alcoholism and ended up homeless on Vancouverâ€™s notorious downtown eastside. For two years, Pond bounced between the streets and rundown recovery homes. The only treatment offered to him: Alcoholics Anonymous.
In fact, AA does not work for the majority who try it, leaving many to feel like failures. Remarkably, most medical doctors still believe itâ€™s the only effective treatment for addiction, insisting their patients attend meetings while they ignore – or remain ignorant of – therapies proven to help addicts and their families.
Pond and Palmer make a powerful case for an expanded tool kit to treat our number one public health care problem â€“ a tool kit based on science and presented by some of the worldâ€™s most renowned addiction researchers.
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