Addicts Among Us is a hour-long documentary investigating the connection between childhood trauma in Humboldt County and the region’s skyrocketing addiction rates. Addiction experts have zeroed in on adverse childhood experiences as a cause for addictive behavior. By examining local lives and stories, KEET examines this connection and efforts in the community to see this addressed.
The associate producer of the video, James Faulk - one of the central interviewees of the film - attended First 5 Humboldt's Town Hall on Adverse Childhood Experiences where the connection between early childhood adversity, mental health struggles, addiction and disease "clicked" for him. This documentary is the result. First 5 Humboldt worked with KEET TV to connect them with interviewees and resources (homeless intervention staff, drug treatment staff, school districts, therapists, probation officers, judges, physicians, child welfare professionals, and more) so they could take a well-rounded look at the issues at play, the ways community agencies are already working toward being part of the solution, and additional services and changes to systems that are recommended as next steps.