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Self Medicated (2005)

R | | Biography, Drama | June 2005 (USA)
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A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Eriksen
Louise Eriksen
Dan Jones
Seth Calenes
Richard Weisner ...
Mikey (as Richie Weisner)
Dr. Reinholtz
Kawa (as Olo Alailima)
Glenndon Chatman ...


Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young man is now headed for self-destruction. Andrew's mother, helpless to control her son and fighting an addiction of her own, refuses to watch idly as her only child destroys himself. As a last resort, she hires a private company to forcibly kidnap and confine him in a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital. As Andrew is subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the program, something inside him is re-awakened. He must somehow get free to save what's left of his life, but to do that, he knows he must first face his own demons head-on. Written by ThinkFilm

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for substance abuse, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Own Demon  »

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Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,168 (USA) (31 August 2007)


$98,830 (USA) (21 September 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Brightway Adolescent Hospital, upon which part of the story is based, was shut down after a government investigation. See more »


Andrew Eriksen: What the hell's "conspiracy to escape?"
Dan Jones: Hey, watch it, mister! Huh? H-E double hockey sticks - that's a curse word. Now I want you to write 500 words on the deleterious effects of profanity.
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Edited into The Making of Self-Medicated (2007) See more »


Self Medicated Main Title Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Charlie Colin
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Without exaggeration, one of the best films I have ever seen
24 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without exaggeration, this was one of the best films I have ever seen, and I will tell you why.

The film had heart. In many ways it was better than Good Will Hunting. What Andrew experienced is what most kids go through. Everyone, at one time or another, loses themselves in something. Life is about coming out of that hole, being sorry and doing what you know is right. Somehow this experience reinvigorates a person to change in a positive way.

The redemption scenes perfectly depicted what it means to cry out. This was done with tremendous humor, insight and adventure. Usually films with this much meaning are too deep for the masses. I know this struck the perfect balance and would appeal to just about everyone.

In my opinion it is close to the best movie I have ever seen, and that is because it so closely mirrored my life, with the friends, the parties, the humor and most importantly coming to a place of positive change. Now I can look back on those days and laugh because I am not that "Self-Medicated" person any more, yet I now have that high from living right as this film puts it.

This film has many incredible messages, most of all that by staying open and doing the right thing, one can go on to be the best they can be.

There is no reason why this film should not be the independent film of the year.

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