Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
February 14–20
COMING UP IN THE FIX// 15 Charities for Recovery * Interview with Kevin Sessums * Food Wars * Marianne Faithfull * Making Amends to the Dead * Ask an Expert: How Can I Help My Addict Son? * Saving Mabel Normand * Alumni Recovery* Pro Voices * PLUS: Other incisive articles
FAIR TREATMENT// How Do Federal Drug Courts Work?
"The intent of drug court is to keep offenders out of prison."
By Seth Ferranti
PRO VOICES// Giving Voice to the Darkness, Giving Voice to the Light
Addiction, trauma and the healing power of Chairwork.
By Scott Kellogg
IMAGES// Experience the Crumbling World of a "Righteous Dopefiend"
"[America] has this zero-tolerance, righteous attitude toward drugs that then righteously throws people out of society and into deadly and dangerous spaces, which is where we worked with them."
By Zachary Siegel
HIGH ON TV// How Is Recovery Portrayed on the Small Screen?
TV representations of recovery have come a long way. Here are 8 of The Fix's favorite current shows.
By Malina Saval
LOOKING BACK// 10 Things I Wish I Knew At The Beginning Of Sobriety
Hindsight is 20/20. Make my hindsight your insight and save yourself the trouble and heartache I suffered.
By Beth Leipholtz
Memo Tells US Border Patrol to Let Drunk Drivers Go Free
'Parks and Recreation' Producer Harris Wittels Dies of Suspected Overdose
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wasn’t ‘100% Sober' at SOTU
Bill Clinton Apologizes to Mexico For Drug War
New Study Says Previous Research Touting Benefits of Drinking Flawed
Were Dinosaurs on LSD?
Not Like on TV
This week, Malina Saval took a look at how far TV representations of addicts has come. Readers felt the characters and archetypes were still a bit far from reality:
The only semi-accurate Hollywood representation of an AA meeting was on the Soprano's.
TV and movies never show the praying, the hand-holding, the uncomfortable love bombing, or any of the other crazy antics which happen in the rooms.
When the meetings are depicted on shows, it is always a group of wholesome archetypes (the housewife, the construction worker, the businessman, etc.) and they are all basically nice people who are there simply because they have a drinking problem. There are no sexual predators, no obsessed stalkers, no Big Book quoting sponsors, no homeless or criminal element.


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