An urgent look at the national drug addiction crisis that is ravaging local communities, Uprooting Addiction follows six people, each affected by childhood trauma, who share their personal stories of addiction and recovery.
At an innovative retreat in Northwest Connecticut organized by addiction and trauma counselor Hope Payson, six diverse people, each affected by childhood trauma, come together to share their personal stories of of addiction and recovery. Through the metaphor of a tree bearing a network of roots, Payson helps each of them recognize the foundation of their trauma, including abandonment, learning differences, sexual molestation and violence, and how that trauma manifests and permeates through life – an understanding that opens the door to fundamental healing.
Interweaving these stories with uplifting, up-to-the-minute accounts of collective action in the face of an unrelenting public health crisis – from an equally diverse group of activists, officials, and experts including Dr. Gabor Maté – Uprooting Addiction is a mosaic-like portrait of a single community coming together to take on one of the most critical challenges of our time.
Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Ground Up
Directed by Tory Estern Jadow
Produced by Hope Payson; Executive Producer Edie Dao Schechter

65 minutes, color, 2021

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