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Addicted

Raw show about drug abuse could open up family discussions.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ultmately, the message is positive: Addicts and their families can break their destructive cycles. But the program also shows how incredibly difficult it is -- though no show could accurately document the life-long journey that addiction recovery really is.

Positive role models

While the addicts in the throes of their addiction are not good role models, the fact that they do step up and try to beat their addictions shows them trying to make good choices. Parents try to help their kids, and the host is a successfully recovered addict who is now trying to help others (and make some money as a reality TV host...).

Violence

Scenes of family fights involving yelling; addicts are shown falling down, etc. and using drugs that clearly are affecting their health.

Sex

Some talk about sexual behavior and prostitution.

Language

Lots of bleeped language, including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The show is about drug and alcohol abuse and we see the addicts drinking and shooting up, with close-ups on their faces while high, etc.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is extremely raw, and shows addicts getting drunk and high in close-up detail. Viewers see needles inserted into arms, copious amounts of alcohol consumed, and tricks addicts use to acquire drugs and alcohol (like unscrewing a locked refrigerator door). There's also a lot of anger flying around within the families of addicts. Warnings appear at each commercial break about the graphic nature of the show.

What's the story?

Kristina Wandzilak, herself a recovering addict, is now a family interventionist trying to help addicts give up their drugs of choice and re-build their lives on this reality show about ADDICTION. The show features a different addict each episode, with graphic footage of the addict getting drunk and/or high. Wandzilak does her intervention and walks the addict through the first phases of treatment. She also talks with the addict's family, helping them to see where their behavior contributes to the addict's problems.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's hard to say if it's the simple rawness of the show that is off-putting or the fact that there are so many other similar shows out there. If anything, one feels de-sensitized to the pain of the addict and the families. Sure, it's sad, but it doesn't hit home. For viewers with addiction in their families, the show could serve as a reminder of the pain and consequences of an addict's behavior and possibly encourage addicts to get help. That said, there is some simplification of the recovery process, as one would expect in a reality television show.

The execution is competent and the storytelling interesting, if voyeuristic. Viewers can judge for themselves if they think the addicts featured on the show are competent enough to make the decision to air their troubles on reality television -- a decision that will live on in perpetuity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how real the show is. Parents can ask their children if they think they're seeing the whole story and what might have been left out.

  • Is this show exploitive or voyeuristic? Parents can ask their children if they think the people on the show seem to really want to beat their problems or are they just lnterested on being on TV?

  • Do shows like this encourage people to get help for their addictions? Is this a healthy way to encourage people to get help?

TV details

Premiere date:March 17, 2010
Cast:Kristina Wandzilak
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent of a 14 year old Written bytatiana nashira... June 4, 2010
where yess no deal johnston high school mrs.englar mother she more friend more deanna mother ferrie middle school two barnes school no deal
Teen, 14 years old Written byjrcalhoun759 April 5, 2010
This is a mature, hard, and a lesser version of Intervention. It can be disturbing for some young viewers to see shaking adults do drugs on camera. There is, however, lots of bleeped out words. But what do you expect coming out out and addicts mouth? All in all, a good show.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages