A&E Intervention: I hate you

This is one of the shows that I’ll capture on PVR for a five-minute viewing: the first two and the last three minutes.  The midle is really just filler.

“Lyndsey is addicted to Oxycontin. She injects $200 a day.”

Then the middle part is how she spirals down into addiction, spends her family’s money, gets belligerent when she’s wasted, etc. etc.  Then at the end they all read the letters, and Lyndsey goes off for three months of free treatment while all her obligations at home from rent to kids to pets are totally taken care of.

Well, isn’t that just dandy.  For Lindsay. And I know that they’re addicts, not bad people, and that they are sick, not evil.  So what’s my beef?  There is some element of choice in addiction, but that is a separate conversation.  What I want to know is, where’s the show for people with mental health issues and/ or physical illness?!

No one is lining up to say “you are depressed, we want to set you up with 90 days inpatient private treatment” or “your migraines are disabling. Let’s get you into a pain clinic for 3 months.” or ” let’s fund your treatment for PTSD so you can focus just on that.”

It’s a shame.


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