Magazine article Addiction Professional

Capturing Recovery on Film

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Capturing Recovery on Film

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Dennis Miller had logged hundreds of candid interviews and digitized dozens of hours of film, and still a hook for his project was eluding him.

Miller had started collecting stories about recovery after an administrator at The Watershed Treatment Programs suggested that he film a documentary on the subject. The owner of TunnelVision Productions had talked to the addiction field's biggest names, to heavy hitters in entertainment, to your neighbor and mine.

But it wasn't until a two-week border-to-border trip armed with a photographer, a Southwest Airlines map and about three grand that an angle emerged. On that short journey, Miller met people representing an entire spectrum of worshipers of something.

"It was a kinetic series of events that tapped into a rebirth of spirituality in ways that the elders of all these groups have been prophesizing for some time," Miller said.

The rest of us will begin seeing the results of Miller's yearlong project this month, as a 30-minute "Faces of Recovery" television broadcast is to begin airing in select markets. As this issue of Addiction Professional was going to press, Miller was engaged both in buying blocks of airtime and seeking sponsors to advertise on the broadcast. …

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