Recovery & Reality TV: Too Personal?

By: DGI Wire

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(DGIwire)   There’s no question about it: reality television has given us a whole new world of entertainment. There’s nothing we enjoy more than watching housewives Teresa and Melissa fight at their daughters’ dance recitals, or finding out whether Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian will ever get a divorce. But have we as a society taken our reality television obsession too far? When does the premise of a reality show become just too personal?

Take the show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. We can make jokes about his guests all we want, saying he or she will never be able to clean up their act, and we can question a past guest’s return to treatment on the show—but do we really have the right to judge other people and their personal problems?

According to the National Survey on Drug Use, in 2012 alone, more than 21 million Americans were thought to be abusing drugs or alcohol. Out of these estimated 21 million people, fewer than 2.5 million of them sought help from treatment centers. Due to the negative way substance abuse treatment has been perceived by the public, fewer and fewer people are willing to take themselves to recovery programs. Many who could use this kind of support believe there’s a social stigma attached to treatment, or don’t want to exhibit that vulnerability. Others have been raised to believe that professional help is a waste of time and money—something to avoid it at all costs.

Substance abuse is no simple matter and should be taken seriously. Not only does substance abuse lead to a great many physical health issues; it also can cause mental anguish. For someone struggling with substance abuse, seeking treatment is actually the best possible solution.

A treatment method that has produced results comes from Canada’s GreeneStone Healthcare Corporation, which focuses on administrating both inpatient and outpatient medical and healthcare clinics. It operates a residential treatment center in Muskoka, Ontario. With a staff of physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, nutritionists and physical fitness experts, its program offers patients a well-rounded, collective recovery experience. GreeneStone also recognizes family to be an integral part of the recovery process, and includes family members in counseling and education sessions. GreeneStone’s staff is dedicated to making its patients recovery experience a positive and sustaining one. It is fully aware of how mentally and physically rigorous treatment can be for patients.

Shawn Leon, President and CEO of GreeneStone Healthcare, says, “We recognize there’s a stigma in some circles around recovery programs. We strive to help our patients view our treatment center as not only a safe place for recovery but also a home away from home. Providing them with the comfort and privacy they need, we try our best to give them the opportunity to heal physically and mentally, leaving with the best possible version of themselves.”

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