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Addiction is a common disease which is experienced by thousands of people from all backgrounds across the UK. Singer and member of Busted, Matt Willis, has recently released a documentary film titled Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction which explores his own experiences of addiction, the causes of his relapses and the latest science and treatments for addiction.

As with other famous celebrities who have suffered from addiction such as Russell Brand, Lily Allen and Ant McPartlin, Matt Willis has suffered from drug and alcohol addiction on and off for the past 20 years. During this period, he has relapsed 4 times, with his most recent relapse occurring a few months after his third child was born.

Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction Documentary

Matt Willis Fighting Addiction Documentary poster

Matt Willis’ BBC documentary explores the reasons behind his alcohol and drug abuse and follows his visit to Imperial College London to learn about the latest developments which are being made to better understand and potentially treat addiction.

This visit highlights the reason relapses occur so often in people who struggle with substance abuse and discusses the possibility of drugs being developed in the future which can help to treat the brain of addicts who suffer from relapse.

Often emotional, the documentary highlights the tough impact addiction has on loved ones of somebody suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Matt’s wife, Emma Willis, describes how painful addiction is and the strain it caused on their relationship during these periods of relapse.

You can watch the Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction documentary here.

Impact of Addiction on Family

Throughout the documentary, Emma Willis details the hardships that addiction has caused their family, particularly during Matt’s latest relapse to cocaine after the birth of their third child in 2016.

Emma reads through an old diary which marks all of the drugs and alcohol Matt consumed a day, which involved bottles of champagne, wine, alcohol, as well as ‘and more’, which referenced drugs.

Both Emma and Matt Willis attend a Glasgow charity which supports the family and loved one’s of people struggling with addiction. Here they spoke to children of addicted parents and parents to discuss their experiences and support one another, offering an eye-opening look into the experiences of people living with addiction.

This intimate look into the impact of addiction on both the user and their loved ones was an amazing insight into drug and alcohol addiction. You can watch a clip of the documentary here:

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and requires rehab treatment, get in touch with the professional team at Nova Recovery on 01475 303998.

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