Film, Reviews
Mar 29, 2019

American Relapse Documentary Review

D.A.R.E. to resist drugs and violence is an age-old program most every American goes through during elementary or middle school. What happens when the D.A.R.E to resist turns into the D.A.R.E to succumb to drugs and violence? American Junkie sheds a bright and horrifying light on the opioid epidemic that is taking America by storm.

American Junkie shines a light on the millions of people drugs are claiming every second. Heroin usage in the USA has skyrocketed in the last decade. In 2017 heroin affected the lives of nearly 500 thousand people according to the CDC. Among the half a million people were seven men and women in South Florida. American Junkie documents the lives of two recovering addicts whose missions are to help those suffering from drug addiction.

Allie is 28 and has been clean and sober for 10 years. Frankie is 38 and has relapsed several times during his recovery, but he continues to fight the good fight. Together these two set out on separate journeys to take addicts off the streets and get them into rehab and treatment programs. “American Junkie” gets the audience up close and personal with Connor, Kelly, Kenny and Tabatha, Kat, Allie and Frankie. Not only does the audience get to see the life of an addict, they also get to see the daily struggles and dangers of an addict on the street. In addition to seeing multiple recovery stories unfold, viewers will also learn the ugly truth about how much money is made from the opioid epidemic. Frankie and Allie are out there for all the right reasons, whereas many other Americans are in it solely for financial gain.

This documentary is not for the faint of heart. It will upset you, sicken you and enlighten you. Viewers will walk away knowing how serious and dire this epidemic has become. According to the documentary, more Americans have died from drug overdoses than the life loss from the entire Vietnam War. For those needing a quick history lesson, the Vietnam War claimed as many as 2 million lives on both sides. American Relapse premieres in Los Angeles and New York on Friday, March 29th.


Madison Conklin