We see it every day on TV, in music, and in the movies: glorification of addictive behaviors. How many times have the following scenarios been exalted?
For those in the recovery community, the media and addiction portrayal circumstances listed above are horrifying. Not only do they normalize drug and alcohol use, but they also contribute to the problem of alcoholism and drug addiction in the country.
How to Avoid the Pressures of Media and Addiction Portrayal
To help the next generation understand there is nothing thrilling about true addiction, it is important for all of us to remind ourselves the way that the media portrays addicts is inaccurate. In fact, addiction of any kind:
By keeping these facts in mind, we can still enjoy watching television programs or listening to our favorite tunes, but with the understanding that what we’re hearing or seeing is not true-to-life in any capacity.
The Future of Media and Addiction Portrayal
The media’s obsession with drugs and alcohol has been around for decades, so it is unlikely the underlying sense of “coolness” when it comes to binge drinking or “experimenting” with drugs will go away. We are therefore left to change the way we react to the mixed messages being sent. If any of us have fallen away from a healthy lifestyle and found ourselves in the grips of an addiction, it is essential to get help.
One phone call to a recovery center can transform our lives. If after rehab we’re not able to watch certain shows or hear certain music without being tempted to relapse, we just have to accept that fact. Or, for those among us who are artists, perhaps we can start a new type of entertainment that glorifies sobriety rather than activities that could trigger addictive behaviors.
Posted on September 24th, 2015 in Blog