AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM Documentary

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by Screedler on August 3, 2016

I had chance to catch the Showtime documentary on DJ AM last week and although just one person, I can still give it two thumbs up.

Unlike other recent documentaries I’ve seen on stars we’ve lost to drug abuse, specifically Kurt Cobain (Montage of Heck) and Chris Farley (I Am Chris Farley; As I Am focuses as much on what he did in recovery as it does on what made him special. The recovery aspects of the film benefit from the fact that DJ AM was never a household name per se; more famous among the music business elite than the general public. It is equally important that while it sheds light on how he slipped into drug abuse, how he approached recovery, and why he ultimately relapsed and overdosed; it also highlights the fact that he really only blossomed into a giant among his peers after he attained sobriety.

It’s a heartbreaking story that will enlighten viewers on why he was an important artist, how an addictive personality can channel that trait into recovery, and why people in recovery have to be ever vigilant. I am not trying to give anyone a free pass on relapse, but you would be hard pressed to find a more powerful set of circumstances that acted as a trigger for Adams eventual fall back into drug abuse and overdose.

If you have the time, check out AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM Documentary. It’s one of the best I have seen.

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1 BB August 10, 2016 at 12:40 am

I was sober for two years but felt I was spending as much energy being sober as I was on constantly drinking. I also felt that I was constantly alienated at social occasions and at 38 the thought of never ever drinking again seemed very daunting. I now have successfully used the Sinclair Method/Naltrexone to learn to drink without addiction by pharmacological extinction and feel that I have now found the perfect solution for me. I now, by choice, only drink 3-4 times a year but I am in full control as my brain is now repaired to its prior addiction state. To be sober is a great thing and is the perfect solution for many but I realised that addiction is a disease that can be cured with a pill just like any other disease and therefore you can be cured without the cravings or white knuckling by simply throwing some science at it. PS: I am in no way saying this is or should be the preferred way as I’m all for whatever works but I am all for people knowing all their options before choosing whatever path works for them. Harm reduction is the key here.

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