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How Has Treatment for Your Psychedelics Addiction Been Affected by Reality TV?

Drug addictions have been more recently accepted in the media, making audiences more informed and reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

You know their names: The Bachelor, Real World, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Survivor. These are all reality shows and just like every other genre of television, there are some quality shows and some that are terrible. But, the thing is, reality television gets labelled garbage across the board by most people.

In recent times, addiction has become the focus of a particular type of reality television show. They focus on interventions and recovery after showcasing the difficulties associated with addiction, but why did it take so long to get to these programs?

As the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes: “Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will.” The mistaken attitudes lead people to see addiction in overly simplistic terms.

Traditional television shows gritty, urban dealers; homeless, strung out users; and immediate death or addiction for anyone who tries a drug. But, you know that isn’t accurate. Your psychedelics use wasn’t like that at all. It wasn’t even a problem at first; it was a casual, recreational high.

Now, reality television is attempting to present the complexities of addiction; there are pros and cons to their approach.  


Reality TV

Shows such as Intervention bring awareness to audiences on how common addictions are and ways in which to get people help.

In 2005, the television channel A&E aired a reality television show about addiction; it is called Intervention, and it is the first show of its kind. Immediately, the audience demanded more and A&E ordered a full season. It has continued for over a dozen seasons, and in 2009 it received an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. Intervention was a trailblazer.

Each show follows the same format. An addict is featured and the focus of the footage is on the addiction and the effect it has on both the addict and those close to him or her. A professional interventionist is brought in to guide the family through an intervention and substance abusers who agree to seek treatment are sent to an inpatient facility selected by a qualified therapist.

If you are interested in recommendation for treatment options and centers, contact at 800-895-1695; their experts have the resources you need to curb your psychedelics addiction.

The Good

Addiction can be isolating for the addict and for their friends and family because it is so misunderstood. “Many Americans today do not yet understand why people become addicted to drugs or how remarkable scientific advances are literally redefining the arena of addiction, notes Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).”

One of the benefits of shows like Intervention is that they created an addiction vocabulary that allows people to talk about their experiences with the general public. They aren’t limited to al-anon meetings and connections with others dealing with addiction. They now have a shared language that lets them reach out.

Additionally, these programs let addicts reflect on their drug use objectively. It is easier to watch someone else’s experience, as focusing on your own can lead to defensiveness.

Shows like Intervention also educate and inform the public, creating a more complex view of addiction for people. This can help, over time, to reduce stigma.

The Bad

Intervention’s popularity was a signal to other stations that they needed to have similar shows in order to compete with A&E. This lead to a number of copycat programs aimed at taking part of Intervention’s viewership. In order to compete, the programs began to rely on shock tactics. Drama was played up and editing focused on the drama.

In order to keep the bad in check, people need to remind themselves of a few things:

    Many family members and friends don’t want to participate in an intervention. The treatment options offered are often outside the budget of an average family. The treatment options shown don’t represent the totality of options. There are many approached to psychedelics addiction treatment.

If you are ready to seek help for your psychedelics addiction and you want to find something that fits your needs and your budget, contact the experts at at 800-895-1695. Get the real story.

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