UPDATE: I'm glad to see this ABC News report about Rick Kirkham...
by Paula Neal Mooney
I was up all hours of the night engulfed by an HBO documentary titled TV Junkie.
TV Junkie is the harshly honest and amazing video diaries of TV journalist junkie Rick Kirkham.
Rick was a super successful Inside Edition adventure-man reporter who spiraled into a sad and sick life of a crack addict, wife beater and failing father whom you expect to blow his brains out any minute as his video life unfolds.
What is so amazing is that Rick Kirkham tapes just about everything -- his wild flings on the road with women across the globe to his marriage to Tammy -- a sweet and loooonnnnggg-suffering Southern gal who weeps for her drug-addicted husband.
Rick doesn't even turn the camera off as he does crack, but instead gives a grippingly raw portrayal of his own hatred of his drug life.
"This is really weird talking to a camera doing this," Rick says as he does crack cocaine.
Kirkham also films the horrible aftermath: the draining hangovers, getting fired from great jobs, listening to phone messages from people he owes money to, etc.
Perhaps the saddest scenes are when Rick and Tammy fight, and Tammy once again calls the police to arrest Rick as his young son cries with confusion.
But TV Junkie ends on a positive note. Though his marriage didn't survive, Rick Kirkham is now a powerful speaker whose two sons come on stage with him as he tells the truth of his nearly 7-year recovery.
Check HBO's site here at the bottom of the page for "TV Junkie" showtimes.
What a testament to hope and God's preservation and renewal...
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