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(BQ) Part 2 book "Principles of addiction medicine the essentials" presents the following contents: Behavioral interventions, mutual help, Twelve-Step and other recovery programs, medical disorders and complications of addiction, CO-Occurring addiction and psychiatric disorders, pain and addiction, children and adolescents, ethical, legal and liability issues in addiction practice,...
Addiction and recovery have been topics of Hollywood films
and movies of the week and are increasingly integrated into
mainstream television shows through the inclusion of addicted
characters. Now the producers of reality shows have entered
the field with the new American television show Intervention,
on the A&E channel.
Through their representations of addicts, substance abuse,
treatment centers and the experience of recovery, these films
help construct for their audiences a common cultural
understanding of addiction. They can be viewed as a
discourse in a Foucaultian sense—creating meaning and
marking off the boundaries of how filmgoers should view and
Although there are myriad possible moral and clinical
objections to such a show. Intervention seems to be the next
step in a growing wave of media products using addiction and
recovery as plot devices. Several recent American television
shows, such as The Sopranos, Dawson's Creek, and Law and
Order, include central characters seeking recovery from
substance abuse through clinical treatment and support groups.