Free film explores addiction as disease


Boone County support group Parents of Addicted Loved Ones will show a video screening of “Pleasure Unwoven,” a film that explores the debate over whether or not addiction is a disease. The free screening will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lebanon First Church of the Nazarene, 1122 Garfield Street, Lebanon.

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Dr. Kevin McCauley compares the brain to Utah’s rough terrain in the film “Pleasure Unwoven,” where he discusses whether or not addiction is a disease. The film will be shown for free 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Lebanon First Church of the Nazarene. (Screenshot from “Pleasure Unwoven” on YouTube)

The film is narrated by Dr. Kevin McCauley, a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and a former flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy. McCauley uses the landscape of Utah’s state and national parks to explain the neuroscience of addiction in an easy-to-understand way.

“The brain is shaped by experience over the course of a lifetime, the same way this land is shaped by wind and water.” McCauley said in the film’s trailer. “When I compare the anatomy of the brain to the geology of Utah, it helps me understand that the brain is a place. We can go to these places and see how they connect.”

“Pleasure Unwoven” earned the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers’ Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award in 2010. Dr. McCauley is the Director of Program Services at New Roads Behavioral Health in Utah and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Addiction Education Society.

PAL is a nationwide support group that provides support through addiction education for parents dealing with an addicted loved one. For the past three years, the Boone County PAL group has met at Old Union Church in Jamestown and will now begin meeting at First Church of the Nazarene in order to provide a more central location for the meeting.

A trailer for the film is available on YouTube at Questions about the event may be directed to Glenn Beasey at (765) 894-1617 or [email protected].