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HBO Will Premiere Two New Episodes of 'Euphoria' in December

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What happened: Zendaya announced on Monday that HBO will premiere two new episodes of “Euphoria” in December in advance of season 2. Zendaya recently won an Emmy for her role as series main character Rue Bennett, a teenager recovering from drug addiction and navigating trauma. According to People, the two new episodes episodes were filmed using pandemic health and safety guidelines.

We really missed them. Two special ‘Euphoria’ episodes coming soon. –Zendaya


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We really missed them. Two special Euphoria episodes coming soon. First one December 6th on @hbo

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The Frontlines: In “Euphoria,” Zendaya’s Rue deals with the challenges – and relapses – that people recovering from substance use may experience.

  • Substance use disorders can happen along with other mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • About 50% of teenagers have misused a drug at least once, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics.
  • A 2011 study suggested that adolescents who experience difficult emotions or negative experiences in their relationships, among other factors, have a high risk of relapsing.

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A Mighty Voice: Contributor Ashlie Little, who is in recovery, wrote about what “Euphoria” got right in its portrayal of addiction. “As a society, we need to do a better job teaching kids about mental health and addiction. The kids in [Rue’s] high school are more interested in the gossip surrounding the fact that she’s still alive than her actual well-being post rehab. When you’re a teenager, ongoing stares and whispers from your peers can be tough to handle without the added stress of mental health disorders.”  You can submit your first-person story, too.

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Other Things to Know: The road to recovery from a substance use disorder can be a deeply personal journey, filled with ups and downs. You can read stories below from people who are in addiction recovery:

Where to Watch: You can watch the first of the two episodes “Trouble Don’t Last Always” when it premiers on HBO on Dec. 6.

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Originally published: October 20, 2020
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