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  • Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatment

    Although TV shows such as "Intervention" purport to reveal the unvarnished truth about addiction and recovery, the shows convey misinformation about treatment availability, practices and success rates, according to a new study by Jason R. Kosovski, left, a scholar of cultural issues in media, and Douglas C. Smith, a professor in the School of Social Work who researches addiction and treatment.

    Although TV shows such as "Intervention" purport to reveal the unvarnished truth about addiction and recovery, the shows convey misinformation about treatment availability, practices and success rates, according to a new study by Jason R. Kosovski, left, a scholar of cultural issues in media, and Douglas C. Smith, a professor in the School of Social Work who researches addiction and treatment.

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