A dramatic documentary biopic in which the drug addicted filmmaker tries a radical and frightening method of detox. Link to full documentary at bottom of page.






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David Graham Scott ... Himself


An in-depth portrait of a small-time drug addict seeking redemption. Addicted to opiates for almost 20 years, film-maker David Graham Scott decides to opt for a quick fix. The radical detox agent ibogaine puts the user into a gut-wrenching hallucinatory state for 36 hours, from which he emerges cleansed of his addiction. But several fatalities have been reported in connection with the unlicensed drug, and Scott must weigh up the options before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. Written by Sebastian Horsley

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Release Date:

8 June 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Detox or Die  »

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Box Office


£110,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




(Digibeta PAL)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 PAL
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Edited from Little Criminals (2001) See more »

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23 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film had a profound effect on my decision to go through with ibogaine treatment. It was one of those movies where I constantly wanted to look away but found myself captured by the suffering of the people in the film. My life was also one of heroin and methadone addiction. The fact that he was brave enough to put his story out for the entire world to review showed me that i should not be ashamed for what "we" have been through. It amazes me that in America this medicine will never be legalized for treatment because of drug addiction and bureaucratic garbage. This "drug" can save lives and more people need to know about this medicine. i never even heard of ibogaine and i have been addicted to drugs since I took my first hit! I could have taken this medicine when i was 19 and spared myself a decade of suffering. While Americans are pupping more pharmacological crap down there throats then ever before and the return of heroin to ever city in the states I want to help spread the word like David Graham Scott has through this powerful film.

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