Ten Australians confront their addictions in new SBS documentary Addicted Australia

Addicted Australia

The documentary will highlight Australia’s addiction crisis in a powerful and deeply personal way

Premiering Tuesday 10 November on SBSAddicted Australia is a bold, revelatory and inspiring documentary that puts a spotlight on Australia’s addiction crisis in the most powerful and deeply personal way.

In a television first, the four-part series, produced by Blackfella Films, provides unprecedented access to 10 Australians and their families as they battle addiction. Viewers follow their journey from despair to hope and possible recovery on a unique six-month treatment plan. 

Around one in 20 Australians struggle with a substance use problem or addiction each year, but only one in four seek help. “Addiction is one of the most stigmatised of all health conditions,” says Professor Dan Lubman, Turning Point executive clinical director. Turning Point developed the targeted treatment program for these ten Australians. “The accompanying shame and stigma can result in a delay of up to 20 years from when somebody starts developing a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling before they seek help.”

Addicted Australia lays bare the challenges faced by families and their loved ones who are searching for a different life. Viewers will see them in their everyday environments and witness firsthand the reality of the recovery journey; the highs and the lows.

These are just some of the stories of addiction explored throughout the documentary series. By opening this space, Addicted Australia aims to provide all Australians with a deeper understanding of addiction and recovery, reduce stigma and stereotype and spark a national conversation. By showing what addiction and treatment can look like, it also aims to encourage others to seek support.

Addicted Australia is a Blackfella Films production for SBS. Principal production funding from SBS in association with Screen Australia and financed with support from Film Victoria. 

Addicted Australia premieres Tuesday 10 November, 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand. The four-part documentary series continues weekly on Tuesdays at 8.30pm and will be available with simplified Chinese and Vietnamese subtitles.

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