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That’s a knotty question — and a mighty popular one, too: a Google search of the query, “can addicts be cured?” brings up a whopping 64 million sites.
As award-winning director, cinematographer and screenwriter Debra Granik says of addiction — the topic of her two films — “Anyone who personally, tangentially or culturally knows anything about addiction is aware that it resembles an EKG. Up and down, up and down. Very few people ever get clean on the first or second attempt. For many people, it’s something they have to try over and over again. You get knocked down and ask all the ethical questions like how many chances do you give a person? When is the last chance? How many chances do they get?”