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Depicting Addiction

Brian NEW HeadshotA Message from EIC's President, CEO & Co-Founder, Brian Dyak

As EIC embarks on the 17th year of the PRISM Awards we remember how the topic of drug awareness and treatment for addiction has always been at the core of what EIC is about. For 30 years, we have been excited to continue to provide resources like this newsletter and our Picture This: Treatment and Recovery publication to creative professionals so that you can continue to show audiences what it means to confront addiction and what recovery really looks like.
This week we would like to take a deeper look at the factors that may cause someone to suffer from addiction later in life.

As most of you are aware, the PRISM Awards are EIC’s annual celebration of the ART of Making a Difference where we honor authentic depictions of substance abuse, treatment, recovery, and mental health challenges in television, movies, music and comic book entertainment. Recently, we announced this year’s nominees and we are excited about the great work that the entertainment industry has produced in the past year (Click here for the full release).

Please consider the information and depiction suggestions contained in this newsletter as you explore new characters and storylines that relate to addiction and recovery.
 In this issue...
  • A Message from Brian Dyak
  • Did you know?
  • Suggestions for Depicting Addiction
 Did you know?

According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, led by principal investigator Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, individuals who had adverse childhood experiences have a 500 percent increase in adult alcoholism compared to those who had easier childhoods.

Click here to learn more about the ACE Study.

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Portions of this newsletter have been adapted from
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Picture This:
Treatment & Recovery

PRISM TrophyAnd the Nominees are...

Click here for a full listing of the 17th Annual PRISM Awards Nominees

 Suggestions for Depicting Addiction

It has been mentioned that in cases of substance abuse and addiction, there are always underlying factors. These factors are often rooted in social issues as well as the physical environment. One prevalent component is the aspect of genetics.

Substance abuse frequently runs in families. Children of substance abusers are more prone to develop similar addictive behavior than those never experiencing an environment with drugs and alcohol. Parental addiction also affects family interaction; the child’s risk for depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems; and educational achievement. Consider the following when exploring substance abuse in your storylines about addiction:

  • Children of addicted parents are the most at risk of becoming alcohol and drug abusers due to both genetic and family environment factors.
  • Families affected by alcoholism report higher levels of conflict. The environment of children of alcoholics has been characterized by lack of parenting, poor home management, and lack of family communication skills.ID-10032629
  • Children exposed prenatally to illicit drugs are 2 to 3 times more likely to be abused or neglected.
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17th Annual PRISM Awards
The 17th Annual PRISM Awards are set to take place on April 25, 2013 at the Beverly Hills Hotel
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Dr. Drew Pinsky hosts the
16th Annual PRISM Awards Showcase!
The 16th Annual PRISM Awards Showcase is available online at and

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