Movie Review: Chasing Heroin

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Essay #2-Chasing Heroin was a documentary that highlighted many different programs to help with America’s increasing Heroin issues. There were two programs that were mentioned to help people with their heroin addiction. The first program is known as the Law Enforcement Addiction Diversion program, or LEAD program. This program has a goal to not punish people for their addiction but to improve their quality of life. This program essentially gives users a second chance by instead of taking them to jail right away. This program has shown police another way to deal with users and it is cheaper and helps lower the crime rates. It works like an intervention. Users who are “convicted” meet with counselors that work with them to help them …show more content…
According to Methadone.US (2016), Methadone is described as a manmade opioid in which sticks to the opiate receptors in the brain that helps eliminate withdrawal symptoms while relieving opiate withdrawal sickness, and blocks the effects of illicit opiate use. Methadone.US (2016) also says that methadone is a slow acting drug that stays in the body for a longer time than a fact acting opioid would which allows people to go throughout their day without having withdrawal symptoms. Methadone clinics work by clients coming in and getting their prescribed dosage each day. However because methadone is still an opioid and clients can still overdose if taking too much, the attitude of this intervention is very …show more content…
According the Lewis (2015), motivational interviewing described as a counseling style that forces clients to change their behavior by helping clients explore and fix ambivalence. Motivational interviewing allows clients to talk to counselors who are trained to question their clients in ways that allow the client to reflect on their behavior. It allows clients to help identify their strengths and weaknesses within themselves. Motivational interviewing is strictly client based and can only be achieved if a client is willing to admit fault for their actions. The attitude of motivational interviewing can be a mix of strict and laid back. Strict because clients might feel pressured or “on the spot” but laid back because motivational interviewing is done at the client’s

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