(Critical) This program gives a timely, relevant presentation of the progressive elements inherent in heroin addiction. The interview of a woman heroin addict in her twenties, a mother of young children, highlights the increasing disturbance in the parenting role as well as the dichotomy between street lifestyle and a more acceptable lifestyle. The discussion of treatment is limited to the drug-free community. The content is presented with a clear developmental design, and discussion and interview segments are integrated as well. The program shows the addict as a real person instead of as a stereotype and demonstrates the potential for understanding that can be achieved through treatment. It is capable of engaging an audience and retaining involvement and interest throughout.
This video presents a study of the increasingly serious drug epidemic in the seventies. A detailed interview with an addict reveals that she essentially lives two lives: one as a respectable housewife and mother, and another life as a drug user and dealer. Legalistic and moralistic attitudes in American society often burden addicts with shame, making it less likely for them to admit their issues and seek treatment. They often also from suffer low self-esteem and little faith, believing that treatment plans are hopeless against the magnitude of their addiction and problems.
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