I watched “True Life: ’m Drunkorexic” which follows two young adults obsessing over their weight. They skip meals and when they do eat they measure or obsess about how much they are eating. They realized that they can drink their calories by drinking alcohol. The man in the movie, DJ, found himself not being able to keep anything down. When he ate, he would vomit and this was due to months of not eating anything before drinking. He said that he realized that he could save calories by not eating before drinking. He blacked out regularly, which is obviously awful. Once is bad enough, but to do it on the regular is awful. Laura, also felt that her weight was an issue and she would obsess over her food to where she had food logs and would weigh her food. She refused to eat and never felt satisfied.
Both of these people realized they had issues, especially due to the fact that their support system told them. However, it didn’t seem like they had much support to actually quit drinking or get help because they people that surrounded them never changed the lifestyle.
The type of narrative for this True Life was hard for me to decide on. I felt that it could have been either restitution narrative or chaos. The reason I felt this way is because restitution sees there being a cure at some point as where chaos feels that the illness will be permanent and will only get worse. To me either of these would work but I think for these situations it would be chaos. It’s hard to take yourself out of the situation to see that you can get better.
DJ and Laura, by sharing their story, are able to connect others that feel the same way they do or are going through the same issues. This way they might be able to help others get sober and get help.