An essential resource for families coping with adolescent substance abuse. Stephanie Ballmer, Psy.D. interviews parents speaking honestly about their experience in dealing with their child's chemical dependency. The disappointment, broken trust and helplessness are real. Feelings of guilt, anger, frustration and disappointment are common. This valuable film shows parents reflecting on the process of accepting their child's substance abuse and the family's contribution through denial and enabling. This film is an ideal tool to assist parents and family members in making a personal plan for recovery.
An estimated six million women in the U.S. are alcoholic. They are grandmothers, teenagers, housewives, professional women, poor women, rich women, women from every religion and race. Social stigma and intense shame inhibit many of these women and their families from admitting that they have a problem and that they need help.
In this video, ten women share their personal stories of addiction and recovery. Their honest accounts, along with commentary by experts on alcoholism and treatment, provide a disturbing but very effective introduction to the disease and to how it affects women in particular. This documentary will reach other women who are in denial and will show them that they can regain control of their lives. It is also aimed at the families, neighbors and employers whose help may be vital in encouraging women to seek help.
The combination of prescription medicine, non-prescription medicine, alcohol & tobacco frequently lead to mental states that are confused with senility, dementia and Alzheimer's. This film tells the pitfalls of such chemical combinations and how to prevent, intervene and treat such problems.
During this video, Darryl Turpin discusses the true meaning of attaining manhood with a group of men in recovery at Dismas Charities. He begins by addressing the misconceptions and mixed messages young men often receive from their peers on the street, such as being a real man means having money, jewelry, a nice car, and partying and using drugs.
Dr. Nuckols addresses how angry people can be compared to the alcoholic or addict new to treatment, most are in denial about their anger.
Dwight Bradford and Sandra Wohlers, who have both worked with addicts in the correctional setting, take us step by step through the evolution of relationships. They discuss how people meet and communicate, problematic areas in a relationship, and how the shift of focus occurs in the relationship due to alcohol or drugs. They explain why we are attracted to the people we are attracted to, and how we seek out people in relationships who meet our comfort levels. This video will not teach you things to do to make him or her admire you. Instead it is about learning to change and to make responsible and healthy choices in relationships.
Prescription drugs like OxyContin, Ritalin, Vicodin, Xana , and codeine based cough syrup are making headlines around the nation as teens continue to abuse these "legal" drugs by crushing the pills and snorting or injecting the powder or drinking the liquid.
Studies continue to offer evidence of an emerging problem with OxyContin and Ritalin addiction among young people. Sadly, too many teens don't realize how dangerous their experimentation can be.
This timely video highlights several recent cases of teens that became addicted to prescription drugs and the resulting consequences. This program highlights kids' false beliefs about these drugs and the all too common belief that because these drugs are prescribed they are therefore safe.
On camera physicians also describe the severe side effects of prescription drugs and how these drugs seriously compromise the brain's functions. The video makes clear that any misuse of a legal drug is not only illegal but, can also be fatal.
Session 10 of the series presents a power-charged roleplay of a recently released husband and his wife, revealing an error in thinking: "My point of view is right. Period." What is the result of failing to see another's point of view?
Session 11 looks at coming home from prison and coming back into childrens' and partners' lives, and the thinking errors that can complicate re-entry back into the family system.
Session 12 includes one of the most powerful and thought-provoking segments in the program for the group. A guest speaker, a woman who along with her young daughter was a victim of a violent crime, recounts her chilling experience. She discusses the long-term psychological effects that resonate to this day for both of them, even years later.
Session 13 With a new found compassion for the victim, group members share their experiences as the perpetrator in violent crimes like the one described. They realize for the first time the true impact of their actions on victims like her, whereas before, "I never thought about the victim."
Session 14 looks at conflict resolution by way of empathy. A roleplay illustrate what happens in a romantic relationship when empathy is not used by both partners.
Session 15 contains a review of the three main areas of thinking errors covered in this series, and a general wrap-up.
Session 6 of the series deals with the attempt to control others. Errors in thinking such as, "If I'm not in control, I'm a nobody," and, "I make the money, so I'm in control," are looked at. The effect of our control over others can only be damaged relationships and pain for everyone.
Session 7 features a role play of a recently released man who encounters a woman he used to date. The thinking error, "You owe, so do what I want," is analyzed. The wife of a group member shares in an interview, the damaging and painful effects of her husband's controlling behavior.
Session 8 includes a role play and sharing by group members on the idea of playing on a parent's guilt, love, and fear to get what we want. The error in thinking, "If you love me, give me what I want," is looked at.
Session 9 discusses how an attempt to control others can be a signal of the beginning of relapse, as we ride the pleasure of the power and/or feel the pain of hurting others. We need to act fast and have a plan of action to prevent relapse. Various time-tested plans of action are shared by the group.
A historical thriller starring Kurtwood Smith as famed psychologist B.F. Skinner as he conducts a chilling experiment into the nature of addiction in his Harvard University lab.
Why do people with additive disorder continue to return to the very substance or behavior that's destroying their lives? And what does it take to step out of that pattern of behavior and find recovery?
Men In A Box explores some of the answers to these questions in a film that writer and director Lowell Cauffiel says was inspired by college psychology classes and his love of of early Twilight Zone episodes.
The absurd lengths people go to in pursuit of their addictions before they finally seek help are well known in recovery circles. Based on a true story, Bed Ridden chronicles the last score of a young addict and alcoholic named "Jay," who decides he can still navigate the streets of Los Angeles despite the fact a loved one has handcuffed him to his bed to stop him from using drugs. The film stars Joel David Moore and a cast of accomplished comedic players who include Jessica Cauffiel, Alan Tudyk, Skyler Stone and Garrett Morris.
Fear is an Ally. If I am aware of what the fear is, the fear becomes my ally. Instead of acting on the fear, I recognize it, and that leads to a change in thinking.
Cost of Anger. When we write down what the cost of anger is, we see that the price is too high. This is a first step toward change.
Acknowledging our Fears. Acknowledging our fears is not a weakness; it is a strength because when people know who you are, they don’t expect what you can’t give, and may be able to help.
Expectations I. When unrealistic expectations are not met, remember, F-E-A-R: False Expectations Appearing Real
Expectations II. Seeing life as it is can help us do the best we can and avoid fear, anger, and irritation.
Reversing the Fear/Anger Spiral. Change is possible. If we work toward not reacting with anger, then we become more content, effective, and compassionate to the people we love.
Relapse: Earnie makes it abundantly clear that although "slips" or "relapses" are serious, they are not fatal. Relapse will not occur if we work a tight, effective program. Earnie shows how to do the 10th step and stay accountable for behaviors that could result in relapse.
Family: Discusses breaking through the denial that comes from the guilt, shame and pain of broken family relations. In this program, Earnie offers the group a balance between keeping one's head in treatment and developing the skills to rebuild family relationships and make them healthy and lasting.
Doing a 4th & 5th Step: Earnie calls the 4th and 5th steps the "freedom" steps. He shares the methods of doing the best possible 4th and 5th steps.
Seeking & Finding Your Higher Power: Earnie emphasizes the importance of Steps 1, 2 and 3 and the ability to turn our lives over to a power greater than ourselves. Not having had the experience of trusting or counting on someone being there for us becomes the primary spiritual obstacle. Earnie invites the group to build on the treatment experience as a beginning place to trust a power greater than ourselves...The Higher Power.
Unresolved Anger: Sparks fly when we look at the hurt and rage that has victimized us in the past. If unresolved anger is not dealt with during recovery, relapse often occurs. Working with this video program will ultimately bring release from the bondage that creates the want to abuse one's self in the first place.
The best motivational film ever made for alcoholism/chemical dependency counselors! Father Martin, in his inimitable style, defines the qualities that will assure a good counselor. He also gives his views on the use of both recovering alcoholics and non-alcoholics in that vital role. This program is used nationwide as an integral part of inservice training for physicians, nurses, counselors, and volunteers in hospital and treatment programs.
In this dynamic presentation, John Bradshaw, one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction/recovery and family systems and a three-time bestselling author, establishes the role of 'shame' in the addictive person and provides the shame-based individual with guidelines for total recovery. Once shame is identified and addressed, the transfer from either alcohol, or drug dependency to other addictions, can be avoided.
Reverend Steve Little explains the 12 Steps in a way that even the most hardened and cynical agnostic can accept.
Kim Bouldin-Jones dramatically illustrates the fact that having a substance abuse problem puts you at a higher risk for contracting HIV. Substance abuse compromises and weakens the immune system and attacks vital organs in the body putting you at risk. Substance abuse also causes you to make unhealthy decisions and choices such as sharing needles, trading sex for drugs, or involving yourself in unsafe, un-protected sex.
Revealing some universal truths about the indelible impact a father has on his children, Bad Dads focuses on an unusual parenting program at a federal penitentiary. Dramatic role playing bring to the surface the pain and anger that children and parents suffer, and helps the father to get to the root of their own poor parenting.
Part 1: What are Errors in Thinking? Provides a vivid introduction to the basic concept: The way we think has powerful influence on our lives. The opening captures viewer interest as it portrays the "high" of crime and drug abuse, followed by the inevitable, painful consequences.
Anger is a destructive force. It impacts others...and ourselves. If we discover what fuels anger, we can learn non-destructive ways to express it, sparing ourselves and those we love the anguish of living with its wreckage. In this DVD series, we explore the key element leading to the anger response: FEAR.
This series looks at the problems we have created for ourselves throughout our lives, and that we face immediately upon release.
Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, former NFL star for the Dallas Cowboys, and a convicted felon, like you have never seen him before.
Michael Johnson addresses the struggles many offenders face when returning to their old neighborhood and friends.
A comedic drama that exemplifies when you stop giving directions, you might actually find some.
The third film in the Trilogy of Recovery Series offers counselors, facilitators and therapists the powerful medium of entertainment education, a leading-edge tool to help clients and patients address the chemical dependency disorders that negatively impact their lives.
This engrossing, two part DVD was recorded from a training session that Dr. Stalcup conducted with at-risk youth at the Butte County Public Health Facility.
Two award winning presenters have joined forces in Straight Talk, Heroin and Opiates. David Ohlms, M.D. and Delbert Boone, both icons in the field of addiction and recovery offer a comprehensive look at the growing problem of heroin and opiate addiction.
Delbert Boone explores the road to recovery through the use of the Twelve Steps. He addresses how most alcoholics and addicts want to make sobriety an event, when in fact it is a process, and he explains how each of the Twelve Steps is an important part of the process.
This thought provoking DVD defines spirituality as a force greater than the individual and a very powerful tool capable of impacting and restoring ones life
What does it take to successfully leave prison - for the last time? The first of a four-part series, Recovery: The Road to Success provides inmates, recently released individuals, and those in recovery with the tools to find help for their problems with drugs, alcohol and crime - both in the communities where they live and inside, in custody.
The second of a four-part series, Where to Live...For a New Way of Life provides inmates, recently released individuals, and those in recovery with viable housing options to help them determine which living situation is best for them, for a new way of life.
Is it possible to succeed in the workforce with a background of felony convictions, prior problems with drugs and alcohol, and a lack of people skills, job skills and education? The third of a four-part series, Getting Ready to Work assists those who have aspirations of the "new life," but feel it may be out of reach due to their criminal background and lack of skills.
Some attitudes make it hard to keep a job. Can people change? The final installment of a four-part series, Working explores issues on the job for those re-entering the workforce. Success requires being clear about what to expect on the job, developing expertise in dealing with issues on the job professionally, and leaning on a sober support system when needed.
Directed to everyone in treatment, this film identifies the common relapse precipitants and dramatically illustrates how specific " high risk" factors can be managed.
In "Staying Sober and Staying Free," Thomas Henderson uses his charismatic style and his willingness to share his experiences, in order to inform others of lifestyle changes that he has made in order to stay sober and free. Focus is on the criminal justice system and life rebuilding.
Overcoming Errors in Thinking Parts I, II, III Research shows that most people who are released from jails and prisons have the most problems in the first year. Those problems are mainly in three areas:
(1) the pressure of not finding or not keeping a job
(2) personal conflicts with family and others
(3) the temptation, or actual use, of alcohol or other drugs
According to Guy Wheeler, the topic of spirituality as it relates to addiction, is controversial, ambiguous, and rarely discussed due to the separation of Church and State. In this DVD, he makes the distinction between religion and spirituality, defining religion as the set of particular beliefs about God or a higher power shared by individuals and practiced as rituals and forms of governance that define how those beliefs are expressed.
Wheeler defines spirituality as a deeply personal relationship, a higher power, or an animating force in the world. Wheeler says an estimated 95% of people in America have some sort of spiritual belief and support system. According to Wheeler such spirituality support systems are central to all those who enter treatment or incarceration. He campares spirituality to other powerful life forces such as gravity, oxygen, electricity, which are not seen, yet, their effects are observed by all.
This thought provoking DVD defines spirituality as a force greater than the individual and a very powerful tool capable of impacting and restoring ones life. Without it, Wheeler says there is a greater propensity to engage in drinking, smoking, binge drinking, and using drugs. Wheeler also says that spirituality provides hope, a value system, love, self respect, forgiveness of yourself and of others, and peace beyond all understanding.
With approximately 28,000 overdose deaths a year it's very clear that America has a serious opioid problem. Add to that the recent sudden death of megastar, Prince to a Fentanyl overdose and the dimensions of the problem only seems to get worse.
This video looks at opioid epidemic through the eyes of 4 recovering, young addicts, Jesse, Peter, Cindy and Sam. By revealing their stories, viewers will learn how quickly and easily it is to transition from painkiller pills to shooting up heroin. The young users talk about how they stole money from their friends and family members to get enough money to feed their habit. Jessica admits that she sold her body. Two of them, Peter and Sam attempted suicide They also talk about hope - hope to not use again - hope to get through the pain of detox, and the hope of a better, sober life ahead. Video and print curriculum delivers a strong no-use message.
Henderson addresses a group of recovering individuals dealing with the same issues that he deals with everyday, as well as covering new topics such as marijuana, nicotine addiction and grief. He tells his audience, “My drinking, drugging and thinking took me from Superbowl to prison. My recovery is a miracle.”
Henderson’s engaging personality and down-to-earth storytelling comes through in this latest addition to his extensive DVD library available exclusively through FMS Productions.
A complete overview of how alcohol and drugs affect the brain by University of Texas professor of pharmacology, Dr. Carlton Erickson. The difference between abuse and dependence is explained, who is at risk, and how to get help. This title is a MUST HAVE for all treatment education and DUI programs.
Confronting Drunk Driving features the true story of Mike Poverno, a young man who killed his two best friends in a drunk driving car accident when he was a teenager.
In addition to interview segments that recount Mike's hard-hitting story, viewers also hear from law enforcement officers who explain the legal risks involved, emergency room physicians who describe the traumas and deaths they have seen, and family members who have suffered devastating losses, all due to drunk driving.
Often people find it 'easier' to just get in the car with a drunk driver, instead of causing a scene; however, this is nothing compared to the horrific scene of a deadly car accident. The film offers important and practical tips on how to avoid being a passenger in a car driven by an intoxicated driver.
In the newest installment, Accepting Responsibility In a Finger-Pointing World, renowned expert in criminal thinking, Dr. Stanton Samenow, explores the concepts of justification thinking errors with a group of ex-offenders who are currently in recovery.