Recovering from alcoholism is not always an easy thing, but it is commendable. Doing what you need to do in order to keep recovery going smoothly is essential and this includes having a strategy. Included in your strategy can be things that help in the aspect of healing and motivation to continue, including movies. The following are ten movies that recovering alcoholics can watch to get a firm reminder of what alcoholism was like and give hope and encouragement in their journey ahead. These movies may bring out emotions that embody humor, sadness, empathy, and most important of all, persistence and commitment.
Leaving Las Vegas
Everything Must Go
Days Of Wines And Roses
My Name Is Bill W.
When A Man Loves A Woman
The Lost Weekend
The writer of this movie struggled with alcoholism, so this makes for a wonderful film portraying the world of an alcoholic. This movie is about an alcoholic that hits rock bottom and goes on a mission to Las Vegas in an attempt to drink himself to death. His plans change when he meets an interesting woman. Nicolas Cage does an excellent job playing the character Ben in the movie.
Sandra Bullock’s character crashes a much publicized party and gets arrested in the process. When arraigned, the judge gives her an ultimatum to either face jail time or spend 28 days in a rehabilitation center. Her 28 days in the rehab prove very interesting and do not go as she expected.
Will Ferrell’s character goes through disastrous consequences after battling with alcoholism for the last 16 years and literally everything is gone. This is al movie that people can relate to easily after many years of alcohol dependency.
In this movie, recovering alcoholics tell their stories at an AA meeting that is held in a church in New York. You’ll find stories you can relate to and be inspired and motivated at the same time.
After getting married, a deeply in love couple succumb to the destructions of heavy drinking after giving birth to a daughter. The movie depicts pain, passion, and suffering when it comes to the road of alcoholism.
This is a movie about a deadbeat country singer who quits drinking after meeting a young widow following a weekend of binge drinking. The classic movie encompasses insightful dialogue and stories that one could easily relate to.
This is a true story based on Bill W and James Wood, a bunch of once successful stockbrokers who fell victim to alcoholism after the 1920s stock market crash. The movie depicts the trials, tribulations, and lessons learned after dealing with depression and alcoholism and offers the way out.
This one-time box office smash stars Meg Ryan as a school counselor caught up in alcoholism. She is careless and disregards desperately needed attention from her kids. This movie is about compromise and patience when dealing with destructive habits of others.
A compelling drama about Wick and his brother Don, who is a recovering alcoholic. After only a few days of being sober, Don and his girlfriend visit his brother Wick. Don, who wants to drink, persuades his girlfriend and brother to go to a concert so he can be alone. He heads to the bar for a weekend that may be his last drinking weekend forever.
Ray Charles, a Northern Florida native and a world renowned jazz musician and pianist, delved deep into the heart of drugs and alcohol and eventually passed away due to liver related problems shortly before this film was released in theaters. This is a very inspiring true story of the famous Ray Charles.
Take some time to watch these movies and be inspired. If you’re struggling with alcoholism, take heart and realize that every journey begins with one step. The road to recovery does not take place in one night and recovering alcoholics should embrace the “one day at a time” approach. Group therapy and support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, in combination with the 12 steps, work wonders. It is possible to recover from alcoholism and lead a peaceful and happy life.
Dominica Applegate is dedicated to the art of self-discovery and creative expression with a passion for creative art. She’s got a deep-rooted passion for helping others heal emotional pain and trauma, as her own journey through love addiction has served as a catalyst for her own healing and beautiful transformation. Find out more at www.dominicaapplegate.com.