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By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raw show about drug abuse could open up family discussions.

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Is It Any Good?

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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.

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