Behind PEOPLE LIKE YOU: A Sobering Addiction Documentary

Over 100,000 people lose their lives every year to drug overdoses. Those people lose their lives, and families and friends lose their loved ones to addiction. Those people are not a statistic; they are others’ children, parents, spouses, teachers, doctors, mentors, and so much more—their lives matter. 

My brother, Peter, was only 29 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While my brother was fighting cancer, he was also battling an addiction to the pain pills prescribed to him by doctors. When Peter was going through the side effects of chemotherapy, his doctors prescribed him high doses of opioids to help manage the pain. Peter slowly became dependent on opioids. It was hard to watch his health decline, not only from cancer but also from the addiction to prescription opioids. Two years after Peter’s diagnosis, he sadly passed away. 

While my family was heartbroken, I knew I had to take that energy and do something for Peter. I realized that there was little to no monitoring once a powerfully addictive medication is prescribed to patients. I recognized that there is also an awful stigma around people who misuse opioids. As I said, those who lose their lives to drug abuse are not just a statistic; they are people. 

I decided to dedicate my work to make a change in the industry. I wanted to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic and make critical changes to how opioids are administered.  


I’m pleased to announce my role as the executive producer in the film, PEOPLE LIKE YOU. 

Directed by Emmy® award-winning writer and filmmaker, Andy Capper, and executive produced by me and Malibu Films, PEOPLE LIKE YOU is the filmmakers’ way of shining a light on the personal stories of addiction so often ignored by media. While news networks have sensationalized the war over the pharmaceutical and medical industry’s part in the opioid crisis, the story of the patients themselves is very often lost in the noise. 

This film aims to help people better understand the addiction epidemic. In the film, the crew follows a mother whose son is struggling with addiction. The son follows a similar journey that many people with substance abuse disorder and their families are familiar with: substance use, detox, recovery, relapse, and repeat.  

I became the executive producer for PEOPLE LIKE YOU because I felt it was important to shed light on the opioid epidemic. Addiction is an actual disease that needs to be discussed so there can be awareness.  

PEOPLE LIKE YOU is being released through Vivera Cares, Vivera’s nonprofit company dedicated to positively impacting the addiction crisis. To watch the trailer and stream the film now, visit


Director: Andy Capper 

Director of Photography: Ismail Shallis 

Executive Producer: Paul Edalat 

Editor: Nikki Nilan 

Music: Spiritualized 

Music: Sian Alice Group 

Year: 2022 

Studio: Happy Now Film / Malibu Films / Vivera Cares 

Paul Edalat

Paul Edalat

With more than 30 years in brand and product development experience, Paul Edalat has a strong expertise in business development and growth opportunities. As Chairman of the Board and CEO of Vivera Pharmaceuticals, Paul Edalat is revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • Jacob Jaudikt
    Posted at 14:15h, 05 June Reply

    This is the way to lead the future. We need to talk about things that matter to all of us. it sounds like PEOPLE LIKE YOU, is the way to lift this subject up. We must get together for a better, more trustworth planet that helps against addiction. This is the way to lift that subject.

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