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Here’s Why You Should Watch PBS Documentary, Addiction !

The PBS documentary film Addiction went on air on October 17 this year. If you have not watched it yet, you should. It will scare you, no doubt, but not in the way that horror films do. The sense of unease and fear stems from the fact that the film is based and grounded on a real problem, unlike haunted cabins or poltergeists. But, it is also educational as the fright you experience may open your eyes to the immense importance of staying away from addiction or helping others to do the same. The stories that the people have related in this PBS documentary are all real and so are the doctors and scientists working on the problem of addiction. If you are a victim, know someone who has been an addict, or your curiosity got the best of you, this series can provide you with a lot of information about the latest progress and research in this field. Here are some solid reasons you should watch this show:

Addiction Can Be Overcome

This should be the first takeaway from this documentary. Addiction is treatable. There is no reason to get dejected and lose all hope. Yes, it does need patience, but it pays off after working towards a sober life. Also, it is important to understand that those who are suffering from any addiction issues needs all our love and support. If we give up on them and accept defeat, then it will be even more devastating for them. This PBS series points something critical, ” The only thing you can’t recover from is death”. So reach out to people who are addicted and bring them back from the edge of the hill. Find treatments that will be effective for them.

Overdose Can Be Fatal

In a research, it has been found that overdose is the number one reason for death for Americans under the age of 50. It is heartbreaking to see that one of the most powerful countries in the world has its youth under the spell of addiction. About 42,000 people die from an overdose of opioids every single year. One of the medical advisors on the show said, ” The number of overdose deaths we’re seeing right now is equivalent to a full-flight Boeing 747 crashing in America…every single day.” Well, if that doesn’t make you sit up, nothing will.

Since The Youth Are More Vulnerable, Parents Should Be On Their Toes

What could be worse for a parent than finding out that their child is addicted to drugs; that despite all their efforts, they might never go back to the life they had, or that someday, they might just lose them to addiction? Despite the dark intonations, this happens to be a fact that cannot be ignored anymore. When it comes to addiction, anyone can fall victim to it regardless of their backgrounds, social status, or color of their skin. Hence, learning more about the issue and looking out for vulnerable kids is more important than ever.

 A New Drug That Is Super Toxic Is Gaining Popularity

Cocaine, heroin, LSD, xanax — we are all familiar with all these names, but now, there is a super-toxic drug in the market called Fentanyl. It is 100 times more powerful than morphine and works as a painkiller. If not used in the right away, it can be fatal. The PBS series dives deeper and finds out how people who are using this drug called emergency services several times.

Why Are We Getting Addicted?

This is one question that plagues our minds again and again. And this documentary answers this question. It turns out that our brain has evolved to seek pleasure when it can. Hence, we have this growing problem of addiction at hand. The fact that biology and medicine are getting mixed to form this weird and self-induced disease is making it even more difficult to eliminate from the face of the earth.

There is still hope though. With new advanced technologies and constant research and development work, there are new medicines which can be highly effective in treating addiction. The show is truly an eye-opener. The real stories of victims and how they overcame their issues are scary yet motivating at the same time. It is a domestic issue, too, and the countless patients flocking to the hospital is the proof of it. However, isolating victims and making them feel guilty doesn’t work well; only love and compassion will help them win this battle.

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