Not My Kid

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Not My Kid
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Written by Christopher Knopf (teleplay)
Beth Polson (story)
Christopher Knopf (story)
Directed by Michael Tuchner
Starring Viveka Davis
Stockard Channing
George Segal
Christa Denton
Theme music composer Mark Snow
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Beth Polson
Producer(s) Bill Finnegan (supervising producer)
Patricia Finnegan (producer) (as Pat Finnegan)
Erica Fox (associate producer)
Nick Lombardo (associate producer)
Sheldon Pinchuk (producer) (uncredited)
Editor(s) Byron 'Buzz' Brandt
Cinematography Fred Koenekamp (as Fred J. Koenekamp)
Running time 100 min.
Production company(s) Finnegan Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release January 15, 1985

Not My Kid is a 1985 television film directed by Michael Tuchner, which was based on a 1984 book of the same name by Beth Polson (who also served as the film's executive producer) and Miller Newton. The movie aired on CBS in the United States, and had a VHS release both there and in the United Kingdom, with ITC handling distribution rights.


A teenaged drug addict is sent to Dr. Royce's controversial drug intervention program where the addicts in the program confront each other in supervised group meetings. Also, in evening meetings, the addicts are confronted by their families. The girl's parents want to remove her from the program because it upsets them that their daughter is being forced to associate with addicts who admit to stealing and trading sex for drugs. They remain in denial until their daughter admits at a family confrontation meeting the extent of her drug addiction. After this they are able to address their own feelings about being the family of a hardcore drug addict. The daughter is reunited with her family only after all of them have acknowledged her addiction and accepted therapy for it.


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