This is not an obvious Christian-themed film until about halfway through, then it gets ramped up. It's also one guy's opinion, or that is how it is presented, as if he is an expert, but he is not a professional in any way. I'm sorry, no ONE thing will keep you sober and if you believe that, you are setting yourself up for a slip. Recovery is a multi-step process and involves a lot more than Jesus. I wish they would have revealed that this was a Christian film up front. God is mentioned a few times, but that is not unusual.
It is the worst hypocrisy that people are suddenly concerned with heroin and meth use in "good" communities (meaning white), while urban communities have been struggling with it for decades. The filmmaker is right when he says heroin doesn't discriminate, but he gets uncomfortably close to bigotry ("It's not just inner city people, but can be grandma (white?) or good kids (white)." I didn't watch all of it, but enough to see that these people are clueless about race, and sometimes not in a good way. The filmmaker hints that black people brought heroin into their communities.
Then there is the focus on prescription pain meds as a cause. Please. Most people that graduate from pills to heroin are your basic multi-drug abusers, not chronic pain patient (studies have shown this), whose quality of life has been ruined by this whole thing. Fentanyl, and its analogs are a huge reason people are ODing at such a high rate now and the numbers haven't gone down even after the huge crackdowns on opiate prescriptions. You don't take a few pain pills and run out and buy some heroin! Granted, there are some who are very susceptible to that high and immediately want it again, just like some alcoholics who started a life of addiction from their first drink. But those are not the majority, by any means, and they are often already drug users. If we feed our kids drugs to keep them quiet, like Adderall (pure dexedrine, cousin of meth) why are we surprised when they grow up to abuse them. They learned very early that you solve all problems with a pill.
The other huge factor and why pharmacists talk about so many opiate prescriptions being written (along with muscle relaxers and benzos (Valium, Xanax, etc) is that so-called "pain clinics" popped up all over and law enforcement did nothing (some probably are still open). I always thought that was so suspicious. You didn't have to prove you were in pain. You were automatically given Vicodin, Soma and Xanax. I found out one of my "friends" was alternating with her husband and both were making at least 6 trips per week to get these drugs when they had me give them a ride to the "doctor". I went in with them and it was shocking and sleazy. People lining the walls, nodding out, real bottom feeders. The "doctors" in these clinics were barely licensed, revoked, or only had foreign licenses. In my city, most of these clinics filled their own prescriptions when the pharmacies got wise, but that didn't happen all over. This is how some small towns had an influx of pain pills, from the drug manufacturers, far larger than their populations could support. You get people coming from far and wide to get what they maybe couldn't get in their state/town.
Sorry, but this whole thing makes me so upset, as I am a chronic pain patient who now lives in terrible pain, cannot function as I used to, and life is barely worth living due to this. I have never been an addict and have properly taken pain medication for a decade. One PAC, run by Newt Gingrich and 2 Democrats, were paid millions, to drive the news cycles on this. Rehab companies and opiate implant mfg were behind this PAC. It is easier for me to get an opiate implant, a tube put into my spinal cord, than to get enough pain medication orally. Implants are very risky, hit the brain directly (duh, like shooting up), and very, very expensive as you have to get the refill put in by the dr every month (and surgery to get it in the first place), not to mention the hassle. I met so many people who had developed a very serious pain condition from implants when I went to an FDA hearing. And if you have acute pain, forget getting your pain controlled after an accident, post-surgical, or anything else.
Some people are just going to abuse drugs and alcohol and withholding a really effective drug, opiates, from everyone doesn't make sense and is inhuman. Again, I never met anyone who became an addict from a prescription from their dentist, unless they already used drugs and knew where to buy them. If you are in the illegal drug culture, then it's not a huge step from meth or crack to heroin. The other hypocrisy is alcohol abuse, which is one of the top killers, but it's legal and accepted, so who cares.
Avoid this narrative, it is highly flawed and based in superstition and magical thinking. While a belief in a higher power (or equivalent) is very useful, it is not required in order to get clean and sober. I know several atheists who managed just fine. It doesn't sound like it, but I try to respect people's beliefs, but when they are used like this film, I get very hot under the collar. This is misleading and just a cover to "save" people and fill collection plates. Not sure what religion and public health have to do with each other.