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Friday Night Pep-Talk: Sober Movie Night



You may find that Friday nights are especially challenging to stay sober through! Of course, one of the best ways to pass time is to watch a movie!  I have put together a list of some of my favorite alcoholism/addiction/getting sober movies.

My favorite is most definitely 28 Days, I can relate to all parts of it, from the beginning to the end, and I love Sandra Bullock, of course! Leaving Las Vegas is probably my second favorite, but it is at times dark and depressing and I have to be in the right mood to watch it. And then of course, When a Man Loves a Woman and Smashed are great because they cover the relationship aspect of addictions and the co-dependencies in the relationship. Clean and Sober is a great example of the rise and fall of an addict, from life is a party stage, to losing it all, and then to getting sober! My Name Is Bill W. and When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story are just awesome! Two autobiographical movies, about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, and even if you don’t care about AA what so ever, you can relate to these two stories!

Here is my full list of movies:

Clean and Sober (1988)

CleanandSoberThis is a drama directed by Glenn Gordon Caron starring Michael Keaton as a real estate agent and his trouble with substance abuse. Daryl Poynter is a successful but self-destructive Philadelphia real estate salesman who is addicted to cocaine. –  from Wikipedia.

My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Starring James Wood and Jobeth Williams, this is the true story of Bill Wilson, how his life fell apart due to his alcoholism, and yet overcame his drinking and founded AA. – watch it on YouTube HERE.

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter’s safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior. – from SolarMovie.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Ben Sanderson (Cage) is a Hollywood screenwriter whose alcoholism costs him his job, family, and friends. With nothing left, he goes to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. – from Wikipedia.

28 Days (2000)

28daysAn American comedy-drama film directed by Betty Thomas. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings, a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehabilitation for alcoholism after ruining her sister’s wedding and facing DUI charges. – from Wikipedia. Watch a YouTube Trailer HERE.

Down to the Bone (2004)

Irene (Vera Farmiga) is an upstate New York mother of two, married, holds a job as a supermarket checker, and is a cocaine addict. Her husband (Clint Jordan) is also a drug user, but does not support Irene’s decision to enter rehab and clean up her life after she realizes how her drug use affects the children. In rehab she meets Bob (Hugh Dillon), a nurse whose sobriety success story further inspires her. But Irene soon finds beating addiction holds greater consequences than addiction itself. – from Google.

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)

Based on the true story of the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, it is educational as well as inspirational, especially for families and individuals struggling with alcoholism. With difficult subject matter, it may not be suitable for young children, but it’s clean enough for families with older children and slightly more mature audiences. – form Hallmark Films.

Flight (2012)

The film stars Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after it suffers an in-flight mechanical failure, saving nearly everyone on board. Immediately following the crash, he’s hailed a hero, but an investigation soon leads to questions that puts the captain in a different light after a drug test shows that Whip was intoxicated during the flight. –from Wikipedia.

Smashed (2012)


A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. – from IMBD.

The Anonymous People (2014)

This feature documentary film shines a light on the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, yet deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. –from ManyFaces1Voice

Do you have any favorite alcoholism/addiction/getting sober movies?

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