What Is The Wolf Of Wall Street Movie Analysis

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In the Wolf of Wall Street, the main character, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio) was an ordinary man, who was just trying to get ahead in life and succeed. The movie begins with an explanation of how he got to where he is now. Jordan Belfort says in an introduction, “On a daily basis I consume enough drugs to sedate Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens for a month. I take Quaaludes 10-15 times a day for my "back pain", Adderall to stay focused, Xanax to take the edge off; pot to mellow me out, cocaine to wake me back up again, and morphine... Well, because it's awesome.”(Wolf of Wall Street 2013) This allows us to assume he had a substance abuse problem. Throughout the movie he was seen excessively drinking and drug use. It interfered with his personal life, work life, and took a toll on his mental state. Stress was a major role in his life. He was told early on in the movie by a senior broker at the brokerage firm that he needed to find a way to “take the edge off”(Wolf of Wall Street 2014). They explain that drugs and drinking was a way to relax and a way to get away from anything that creates stress. He introduces him to cocaine and gives him advice on how to work on Wall Street. After working his first day at LL Rothschild, a brokerage firm that gave him his first shot at being a stockbroker they closed the door because they went out of business. This left him without a job and unable to pay bills. His first wife Theresa was willing to pawn her engagement ring to pay the bills. When he ran into a person named Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) who wanted to go into business with him. One day Donnie brought crack and they smoked it together and he had found his escape from reality. This was the beginning of his dangerous lifestyle. ... ... middle of paper ... ...bad situations, avoid drugs, and cope with their feelings(Beidel& Bulik 2014). One option would be an Agonist substitution “a type of therapy that substitutes a chemically similar drug with safe medication for the drug of abuse” (Beidel& Bulik 2014).Some other methods of treatment would to use antagonist treatments to block the sensations that the drug sends to the brain by blocking the receptors. They also suggest aversive symptom treatments. This substitution drug may help when someone goes into detoxification to help wean them off a drug (Beidel& Bulik 2014). Another way to treat a person with substance abuse would get into an intervention program like Alcoholics Anonymous or another self-help group. Programs that also could be tried are Relapse Prevention, Avoidance of the stimulus and 12 Step approach and motivational enhancement therapy (Beidel& Bulik 2014).

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