This essay will tackle the topic of substance use disorder as a psychology topic. The film that will be reviewed for the topic is 28 Days. This is a film written by Susannah Grant and written by Betty Thomas. The film stars Sandra Bullock as a columnist for a New York newspaper (Thomas). In the film, Bullock acts as Gwen Cummings, an alcoholic forced to attend rehab for 28 days. This is because of her escapades of the day that ended up with her crushing a stolen wedding limo into a house (Thomas). The film explores substance use disorder through the eyes and life of Cummings and the people she meets in the rehab. It also explores the challenges they go through in trying to get clean. This essay will show how substance abuse and its related disorder is being portrayed in the film. Substance use disorder According to WHO, substance abuse is defined as the consumption of substances that affect the mind in levels that are considered harmful (WHO). Substance abuse covers the abuse of alcohol and drugs such as opioids, amphetamines and cocaine. Substance use disorder is therefore a condition where the use of a substance such as alcohol leads to a severe impairment in one’s ability to be a functional human being. Components of substance use disorder include addiction, dependence and abuse. Addiction is a disorder of the brain where a person feels he has to take the drug despite its destructive effects (Volkow, Koob and McLellan). Dependence is a state normally associated when an
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“Deterioration” is a creative writing piece told from the viewpoint of a small child dealing with a family full of addicts. The author, Deserai Lucas, describes the long term tragedy that drugs and alcohol pose upon children when both parents are abusing the substances at hand. Lucas’ purpose in this writing is to establish the harmful effects, and the level of awareness a child has in this particular situation. These circumstances are relatable and will attract an audience that has experienced deep pain from watching one suffer through addiction.
"It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds or hopes to find" was said by the addiction specialist Gabor Mate. This quote hits home for a lot of people close to addicts and shows that addiction is more complex than it appears. This relates to Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks because the reader learns about the protagonist: an unnamed teenage girl in the 1970's who unknowingly ingests LSD at a party and because of her pleasurable trip begins willingly using drugs, leading her down a path of destruction. Because of her drug use the diarist has exposed herself to serious betrayals and abuse. Not only is she sexually abused by a friend's coworker, but she is also repeateadly drugged and ends up being
A drug addiction occurs when someone uses substances to give themselves a feeling of pleasure even if it has negative consequences for them or others. When an addiction occurs the brain changes too making it extremely difficult to quit. This is because the brain wants more of the pleasurable substance because it’s giving dopamine. Once someone is addicted to something all they want is that thing and they will do anything to get it.
8 Days Reception, Movie and, Panel Notes The Reception Prior to the movie a there was a reception hosted by Dignity Health. They served snacks and drinks and allowed people to talk before finding seats. There were pamphlets available and some information in the lobby offered as well.
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Ellen Hopkins’ Crank is an epic poem geared toward warning young people of the various consequences of using dangerous drugs. However important its message, it provides a single story, a stereotypical tale influenced by pop culture about addiction and the people it affects. In the poem, the heroine, Kristina Snow, gets addicted to methamphetamines, otherwise known as “crank”. Her life takes a downward turn that includes pregnancy and dropping out of school. The poem depicts just one experience with drug abuse and links it to what is perceived to be the most likely thing to happen if you get addicted to drugs, providing a false single story for the young people it targets.
After reading the novel, Righteous Dopefiend, I have a different lens in which I can view substance abuse and individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders. All of the characters in the novel offered a unique perspective to different aspects of substance abuse disorders and the challenges associated with substance abuse and homelessness. However, despite all of the interesting aspects of each individual in the novel, the character Tina stuck out most to me and had the greatest impact on how I will view and engage with individuals who may suffer from substance abuse disorders. Initially what caught my attention about Tina was the chapters that described how she lived as a female on the streets, which was often considered “a man’s place”.
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As the dictionary defines it, addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice, or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. And as it is well known to all of us, its not easy to get yourself out of such thing. While many people usually drink daily, and know when to stop, and some don’t mind the effects of heavy drinking, and getting a hangover that will not last
Jade Pritchard Movie Review The Internship (2013) Director Shawn Levy Main Actors Vince Vaughn Owen Wilson Dylan O’ Brian Summary of the Plot The film follows Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson), two friends who are searching for employment after the company they work for shuts down and they lose their jobs as salesman. Their struggle to find a job persists as they are out of touch with the age of technology and lack necessary skills. On a whim, Billy finds an application for a summer internship at Google.
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