Reviewing UNHOOKED: A Show Seeking to Cure Addiction
Hope TV the Christian cable network was
kind enough to send me an advanced copy of their new show UNHOOKED.
The show which currently spans 28 thirty minute episodes seeks to
show those impacted by addictions a compassionate way to recovery.
Each segment of the first episode opens
with an addict we only know as Keith. Keith shares the story of how
he found himself the victim of addiction, the impacts it was having
on his life, and the journey he took on his way out of those
Two of the show’s hosts Pastor Bernie
Anderson, and Dr Kiti Freier Anderson spent much of the show
interviewing this episode’s guest Dr. Mickey Ask. The three of them
went through a detailed explanation of what is an addiction, many of
the common reasons people fall victim to addiction etc. They did not
place emphasis on one recovery model over another in this episode,
but were non judgmental approach throughout.
This episode contained a lot of
information for such a short program. I myself ended up with a page
and a half of notes preparing for this article. Much of it I may use
for more than this one brief article.
As the series progresses I hope that we
can see more through the eyes of the addicts, pastors, and clinicians
that have been there. They are the ones who often have the strongest
message and greatest impact on those who are suffering. Soothing
music plays through much of the episode. This sets a calming tone
that many of those the show is trying to reach may find comforting. I
like that the show uses both a clinical and spiritual approach, and
shows how someone seeking to recover doesn’t have to choose between a
spiritual or clinical recovery, but can journey to recovery aided by
the best both spheres have to offer.
I would definitely suggest you give
this show a try if you or anybody you care about may be suffering
with an addiction.
The show will be available on Hope TV
which can be found on Hope Channel can be seen on DirecTV Channel 368, Roku, and via live stream
at the show’s website http://www.hopetv.org/unhooked
It airs Sundays at 9pm Eastern and Tuesdays at 3:30 pm Eastern. More
information about the show can also be found at its website.
NOTE: The opinions expressed here are my own and I was not asked to give a positive review by Hope Channel.”