Recovery And Tutus: MTV Puts A New Face On Teenage Addiction


By Jessica Gold

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When Alba was at Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, Massachusetts, she was a 16 year old struggling with depression and substance use. One of the high school students featured in MTV’s 16 and Recovering, in the first episode, she describes depression and addiction going together like “cheese and crackers.” Viewers also witness her relapse to drugs (cocaine and amphetamines) and self-harm later in the episode. Yet, the fact that she is not your typical image of someone who struggles with an addiction is one of the most important aspects of her story. She explains…click here to continue reading