Dopesick: A Look at the Groundbreaking Series about the Opioid Addiction Pandemic’s Origins and Impact

Dopesick Opioid Addiction
Dominic Nicosia

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Dominic Nicosia

On Wednesday, October 13, Hulu premiered a television series called Dopesick, which tells the story of how the opioid crisis began from the perspective of a small rural town. The series focuses specifically on the doctor who unwittingly got his patients hooked through his partnership with Purdue Pharma and the patients and loved ones that were affected.

The show is, to date, the most comprehensive account of the opioid crisis, telling the story from all angles, including the doctor, the manufacturing and marketing entities, the patient, the loved one, the prosecutor, and many others. It captures voices that have, to this point, been silent or ignored during the 30-plus year public health crisis.

What Dopesick Reminds Us about Opioid Addiction

One of the most enduring takeaways from Dopesick is just how pervasive opioid addiction is how it impacts every aspect of life and society. It’s easy to forget that, beyond the “user” and the “dealer”, there are established institutions and trusted entities that played a part in the proliferation of this crisis and continue to do so. Last year over 93,000 people died of drug overdose, an overwhelming majority of which were directly attributable to opioids. Now, more than ever, it’s especially important to remind people that help and support are out there if and when they or their loved ones need it.

Recovery Unplugged is grateful to shows like Dopesick for their honest and granular look at opioid addiction and what they do for the prevention, advocacy, and recovery conversations. If you or someone you care about are struggling with heroin, opioids, or any other type of drug addiction issues, Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you overcome your substance use and reclaim your life. You don’t have to struggle with addiction alone any longer. Our representatives are standing by 24-7 to help you start your treatment.

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia, a seasoned content writer, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the realm of healthcare writing, particularly in the addiction care field. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009), Dominic has carved a niche for himself with over seven years of specialized writing experience in addiction care.

As the Senior Content Writer at Recovery Unplugged, Dominic is entrusted with the pivotal role of curating and overseeing the online blog, ensuring its alignment with the highest standards of accuracy, relevance, and trustworthiness. His responsibilities extend beyond the blog, encompassing all written communications within the Marketing domain. From articles and thought leadership pieces to web content, Dominic's penmanship is evident in every written facet of Recovery Unplugged.

Dominic's credibility is further enhanced by his contributions to esteemed publications like Austin Fit Magazine, where he delves into critical topics such as drug use, addiction, recovery, and mental health. His writings not only reflect his profound understanding of the subject matter but also resonate with readers, offering insights and guidance. Outside the professional sphere, Dominic's passion for music is evident. He has been writing and playing music for years, showcasing his versatility and depth as a writer and artist.

Dominic Nicosia stands as a beacon of expertise and credibility in the healthcare writing community. With a deep understanding of his subject matter and a commitment to accuracy, he consistently delivers content that is both informative and reliable, meeting the highest standards of quality and trustworthiness in the industry.


  • Proven track record in managing and enhancing online blogs, articles, and thought leadership pieces.
  • Adept at blending his passion for music with his writing, offering a unique perspective on topics.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009).
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