Each student will select a celebrity of their own choosing who has had (or has)
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Each student will select a celebrity of their own choosing who has had (or has) an addiction problem—whether a substance use disorder, or another behavioral addiction such as gambling, technology, eating, dieting, shopping, sex, etc.
Students are to research the addiction of their celebrity and analyze the case from a biopsychosocial perspective. Questions to think about:
How as this person’s biology impacted their addiction? (genes, brain chemistry, sex, etc.)
How has this person’s psychology impacted their addiction (trauma, negative thought processes, etc.)
How has this person’s social environment impacted their addiction (lifestyle, fame, parents, etc.)
BE SURE TO USE THE ACTUAL TERM “BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL” throughout the paper! You will lose points if the term is not mentioned!
In addition, students must provide a race, class and gender analysis of their case study. Questions to think about:
How as this person’s race impacted their access to their addictive substance or behavior, as well as their access to treatment?
How has this person’s socio-economic class impacted their access to their addictive substance or behavior, as well as their access to treatment?
How as this person’s gender impacted their access to their addictive substance or behavior, as well as their access to treatment?
Finally, students should discuss addiction treatments/approaches that were undertaken or suggest possible strength-based treatments and harm reduction approaches that they could have taken. Questions to think about:
What types of strength-based strategies helped this person – or WOULD HAVE helped this person?
What types of harm reduction practices helped this person – or WOULD HAVE helped this person?
This should all be summarized in a 4 page, double-spaced paper.
Please select appropriate resources (at least 3 reliable articles, books, etc.) to analyze and discuss the celebrity’s addiction.
It is NOT acceptable and is CERTAINLY plagiarism if students download or cut and paste information from the Internet without properly citing it. Other forms of plagiarism include copying another student’s work and claiming it as one’s own, or purchasing or stealing term papers from an outside source, or forgetting to cite all your facts properly.
There are numerous ways to reference (or cite) material. Please use APA format
Famous Actors and Actresses Who have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
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Celebrity Overdoses – Deaths Highlight Prescription Drug Epidemic – HUFFPOST
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Which Celebrities Have Battled with Addiction?