Although Russell Brand is most often seen as a fun-loving comedian with a rock star persona, he has no qualms about openly sharing his story of addiction and recovery. Clean and sober for nearly ten years, Brand has been a patron of the British recovery and rehabilitation organization that helped him, Focus 12, since 2005.
Today, Brand, along with Focus 12 Chief Executive Chip Somers, appeared before Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee to testify on drugs. Brand and Somers advocated for abstinence-based treatment and the importance of medical treatment over criminal punishment.
You can view Brand’s full testimony on Parliament’s official site.
Should drug addicts be treated like criminals or patients?