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Do you have a question about prescription or over-the-counter drug abuse? Wondering why these medications are dangerous when misused, what populations are most likely to misuse them, or how to treat this type of problem? Submit a question to Recovery Month’s Ask the Expert – H. Westley Clark, the Director at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He’ll be answering them in the next Road to Recovery program. Click here to submit your questions, and select Road to Recovery as the question type.

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Over the last 10 years, reality television has continued to grow in popularity and has highlighted dating, the every day life of celebrities, and weight loss stories. More recently, shows that depict individual’s struggles with alcohol and substance abuse have grown in popularity.

MTV’s “True Life” series occasionally looked into the daily activities of people who drank frequently or abused drugs. Then VH1 started “Celebrity Rehab” where stars supposedly tried to change their ways. A&E’s “Intervention” won an Emmy in 2009. And after tomorrow night these shows will be joined by “Addicted,” brought to us by TLC.

The shows have depicted individuals at their worst moments, when they are often saying and doing things they wouldn’t if they were sober. Sometimes they are graphic, showing heroin users shooting up or drunks falling and hurting themselves.

An article in the Washington Post recently raised an important question–do these shows actually offer a chance for the people depicted to successfully recover?

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