When you’re in recovery from or drug addiction, you want to feed your soul things that nourish and inspire you. A great way to be encouraged in your recovery and be entertained at the same time is to watch movies that have to deal with addiction. By doing so, you’ll most likely be able to relate to the addiction going on in the film and perhaps learn some tips and tools for your own recovery. Stay motivated and inspired when it comes to your recovery by watching the following movies about drug addiction.
Less Than Zero
Requiem for a Dream
The Basketball Diaries
Here is a movie about Robert Downey Jr.’s life and viewers state that the movie is a good portrayal of Downey’s actual life. Julian (played by Downey) grew up in a wealthy part of Beverly Hills and gets romantically involved with his old buddy’s ex-girlfriend. Both are using serious drugs and plenty of problems are caused by such. This movie helps you see a side to the wealthy post college grads that you might not have thought possible.
Undercover cop Jim Raynor finds himself falling for a drug addict, while working a case to bring down a drug lord. Both he and his new love face the reality of drug addiction and all that goes along with it.
Ben Stiller plays Jerry Stahl in this movie about heroin addiction. Moving to Los Angeles to pursue his career, Jerry finds it difficult to move forward successfully while growing more and more addicted to heroin. There are plenty of graphic details in this movie, which serves as a firm reminder of how powerful and destructive drugs can be.
This film is considered a cult classic, diving into the inner landscape of humanity’s longing to feel loved and accepted by others. Four people end up lost in the underground drug world not knowing how to climb out. This film has a wonderful soundtrack too.
Erica Christensen’s role in the drug trafficking film is remarkable. This movie is about the drug trading that goes on from the source all the way to drugs in the home.
This movie is about a youngster who tries to help his heroin addicted mother out. At 10 years old, he’s forced to take care of his mother and younger brother. This is very good portrayal of how addiction affects the family.
This is a true story about a basketball player and poet who turns to drugs and becomes addicted. The film stars Leonardo Dicaprio, who plays a high school student who becomes very addicted to drugs and starts doing shady things like stealing, fighting, and even prostituting.
Here is a film about a couple that goes around robbing drug stores to supply their drug habit.
Joe Buck, who thinks he’s God’s gift to women, heads off to NYC with the intent of becoming a male prostitute, but his plan just doesn’t go as anticipated. He ends up living in an old building that’s been abandoned and meets up with a man and the two become hustlers. Joe faces a lot of struggles on his new path and the film ends on a sad note, depicting the harsh reality of a life full of drugs and the streets.
This film is a psychological thriller that focuses on Abilxa: an experimental anti-depressant drug that causes some interesting side effects. The drug is prescribed to a suicidal woman, who seems to improve at first, but then various side effects occur, which ends up causing her some problems.
Take some time to watch these movies, as they will inspire and also give you a clearer look at the reality of drug addiction. If you’re struggling with addiction, know that there is hope for you. There are many avenues to recovery. The first step is to admit that you are in need of help and then reach out for that help. There is a beautiful life on the other side of addiction waiting for you.
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.