Friday, April 20, 2012

Ban 'A&E Intervention' Altogether?

The following comment was submitted by a treatment provider in the UK, who had never heard of 'A&E Intervention'. Her reaction and perspective on this issues is thought provoking and may be something licensed professionals need to examine and debate as future ethical considerations for their fields of practice. Should licensed professionals ban involvement of clinical practice in 'entertainment' formats.
    We don't get that programme, or any even approaching it in the exploitation ranks, in the UK, but it seems that the addicts get a chance to go through rehab if they get filmed? i assume that they are all consenting adults, but here in the UK it does not count as consent if the person is under the influence of drugs, sex would be rape, marriage would be invalid, and to film a person for entertainment would be exploitation. the places i have worked have had a blanket policy of no contact between the media and our clients, and as workers we are only allowed to be interviewed or filmed under very specific circumstances, it's hard to believe that in the modern world that anyone would think that programme is ok.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it should be off the air simply because it promotes drug use. I am a Substance Abuse Counselor and talk to a lot of users who watch this show. It shows the actual use, which is a trigger for people who are trying to get clean. I know a lot of people in the jail where I work watch it so that they can get the high off just seeing the needle go into the vein, or hear the crackle of the crack pipe when it's lit up. It's astounding to me that they think this is ok.