Human Healing in the Age of Science – The Art of the Healing Shift: Dr David Reilly

I believe passionately that our systems of care for mental health and addiction are broken and need transformation. Sadly, the same systems of care are generally resistant to change.

The situation continues to get worse for two primary reasons. Firstly, the negative consequences of modernity include an increase in emotional distress, disconnectedness, social isolation and addictions of various kinds. Ever increasing numbers of people are looking for help.

Secondly, the poor outcomes of our mental health and addiction care systems are leading to disempowerment and lack of hope, which in turn further increase the problems described above. Moreover, people seeking help are often blamed for not getting better, rather than the system accept its own shortcomings.

We have the knowledge to do so very much better. Sadly, those of us who are trying to transform these systems so that more people get better often bang our head against a brick wall. Vested interests play an important role in underlying this resistance to change.

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Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

This documentary, ‘From Addiction To Recovery’, made by Russell Brand and colleagues is well worth watching. Russell has been doing a great job in advocating for change in the addiction health care system.

Russell talks about Amy Winehouse, his addiction to drugs and alcohol (and its impact on other people), the sadness inside, his entry and time in rehab, and much more.

What do you think about the documentary?