While it wouldn’t be realistic to simply blame media and technology for creating drug and alcohol abuse, I think we have to acknowledge that in some respects, and for some individuals, it plays a role.
(PRWEB) April 29, 2014
Best Drug Rehabilitation, which offers treatment programs and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful, is looking at how technology and media affect drug and alcohol abuse in its latest blog post.
“While it wouldn’t be realistic to simply blame media and technology for creating drug and alcohol abuse, I think we have to acknowledge that in some respects, and for some individuals, it plays a role – and we need to identify that role and mitigate the effects if we want to help people avoid addiction, or recover from addiction,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom.
To present a balanced view and avoid targeting easy answer to complex issues, Best Drug Rehabilitation’s blog post begins by highlighting some of the positive effects that media and technology have on preventing drug and alcohol abuse, including:
- Exposure to the “real story” of drug and alcohol abuse, which is raw, agonizing and a world away from the glamorized and glorified image that is sometimes presented in movies and among some musicians and artists.
- Easier access to information than ever before, with a wealth of helpful advice available 24/7 on the web, or in countless community centers and addiction treatment facilities across the country.
However, the blog post also points out the negative effects and impact of media and technology on drug and alcohol abuse, including:
- A belief among some people – particularly teens – that drug abuse is so widespread that it’s acceptable. The growing number of websites that promote drug and alcohol use, and even provide tips on how to “get the best buzz”, only adds to the perception that drugs and alcohol are useful, helpful or necessary.
- Movies, TV shows, music videos and other works of creative fiction -- which is what they are, no matter how realistic they pretend to be – that glorify drug and alcohol abuse. This is particularly insidious when put in a humorous context, because it makes it even easier for people – especially young, impressionable viewers – to form beliefs that can lead to abuse and addiction.
The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog entitled “Technology and Media and its Effect on Drug and Alcohol Abuse” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/technology-and-media-and-its-effect-on-drug-and-alcohol-abuse/
For additional information or media inquiries, contact Amber Howe, Executive Director BDR, at (231) 887-4590 or ahowe(at)rehabadmin(dot)com.
About Best Drug Rehabilitation
Best Drug Rehabilitation offers treatment programs, and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful. Led by CEO Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Rehabilitation also understands that recovering from an addiction is an intense emotional and physical challenge, and as such provides clients with a comfortable and private space that is safe and free of anxiety. Ultimately, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers recovery geared to the personalized needs of each client, which is an option that makes the chance for long-term success much more likely.
Learn more at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/.