Discussion Board Post – Week 1 – Substance Abuse/Cmpulsive Disorders in the Media
Share your thoughts and feelings about one or more of these videos. Think about how substance use and/or compulsive disorders are portrayed in the media and how these videos are similar or different from what you typically see in a media portrayal of a person with an addiction
Watch the following videos of well-known persons who struggled with addiction and who are in recovery.
Here is a short video of Chris Herren, the former NBA basketball player and the subject of the documentary, Unguarded, describing his addiction and recovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExlBxbE4z6w This is a 4-minute video about his recovery https://vimeo.com/73035060
In addition, here is a video about the story of Elizabeth Vargas, the news professional, of her alcoholism and experience as a mother struggling with addiction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPLJuyULAZ8
This is a short description of a famous person’s recovery https://vimeo.com/72542245 and he talks about the shame and stigma. Often, someone feels more comfortable saying that he or she has anxiety or depression than an addiction. Discuss your thoughts and feelings about any of these issues.