Today is the release of Vertical Entertainment’s Body Brokers. A film that serves not only as entertainment but also very informative as it shows how many rehab treatment centers are getting away with finding a loophole to make millions off of the desperation of drug addicts.
Here are some alarming facts that are provided by the film. The Affordable Health Care Act of 2008, required every healthcare provider to cover substance abuse treatment. Since then almost 2,000 sober livings, 100 in-patient treatment centers, and 200 detox facilities have opened in Southern California ALONE. That is about 35,000 beds that need to be filled a month and almost 500,000 beds a year. That makes up about $12,000,000,000 annually.
In the film Body Brokers, writer and director John Swab gives us an inside look at the practice of Body Brokering. A subject that he is very passionate about as he was a street junky for over ten years. He was in and out of rehab centers and detoxes all over the country. He was at a time “brokered” and then learned the practice. According to Swab, Body Brokers is a film that will show where capitalism fails addicts.
Here is the synopsis for Vertical Entertainment’s Body Brokers:
Utah (Kilmer) and Opal (Englert) are junkies living on the streets of rural Ohio until a seemingly chance encounter with the enigmatic Wood (Williams) brings them to Los Angeles for drug treatment. Utah appears to find sobriety with the help of treatment center therapist, Dr. White (Melissa Leo), and tech turned love interest, May (Rothe). They soon learn that drug treatment is but a cover for a predatory business, enlisting addicts to recruit other addicts. Utah is no exception. Wood and his drug treatment mogul partner, Vin (Grillo), take Utah under their wing, introducing him to the good life, though Utah’s addiction remains his biggest obstacle.
With the release of the film today, LRM Online had the opportunity to talk with John Swab about Body Brokers. During our interview, we talk about how at points the fictional film also has a documentary feel. As it provides us with facts about the horrible practice. We also talk about getting the actor’s amazing performance as drug addicts going through rehab centers. It is a very interesting conversation. Be sure to check it out down below!
Vertical Entertainment’s Body Brokers is now On Demand, and Digital.