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An informative, entertaining, inspirational, and frequently hilarious look at how some of the best (and worst) stories ever committed to film can help us better understand and recover from any addiction.  

"Part film reviews, part memoir, part history book, part self-help guide...this book has it all - and really helped me see my recovery from a whole new and quite useful perspective. I also laughed a lot!"

- Jeffry Muhleman

Ted Perkins is former Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Studio executive and successful Hollywood screenwriter turned addiction and recovery YouTube personality and communications consultant for SMART Recovery, the nation's leading self-empowerment mutual support addiction recovery organization. He has helped hundreds of participants in their recovery journey in his weekly SMART Recovery meetings.

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Publication Date: September 2022

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I: INTRODUCTION

II: WHY MOVIES?

MACRO-ADDICTIONS
 

III: TRAIN WRECKS: Drugs & Alcohol Abuse On the Big (and Small) Screen

Lost Weekend...Leaving Las Vegas...Last Round...Requiem for a Dream...Reefer Madness...Gia...Dopesick
 

II: HATE THE SIN BUT LOVE THE SINNER: Overcoming Addiction as a Family Triumph

Beautiful Boy...Honey Boy...Four Good Days...When a Man Loves a Woman

III: THEY TRIED TO MAKE ME GO TO REHAB: Fantasy vs. Reality in the Recovery Story

Recovery Boys...28 Days...Thanks for Sharing...Clean & Sober

MICRO-ADDICTIONS

IV: USUALLY NOT DEADLY, DEFINITELY PROBLEMATIC: Bad Habits: A Story As Old as Time 

Sex Addiction: ShameA Dirty Shame...Boy Erased
Gambling Addiction:  Uncut Gems...Mississippi Grind...The Gambler
Eating Disorders: To The Bone...Fatso
Exercise Addiction: Personal Best...GI Jane...Vision Quest

Web & Social Media Addiction: Screened Out, Youtopia, Web Junkie

Cigarettes: Cold Turkey

V: GOD, YOU’RE SO ANAL: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder As the Ultimate Plot Point

 

Evil OCD: 7even...Silence of Lambs...American Psycho
Weird OCD: What About Bob?...Matchstick Men...The Aviator

Quirky OCD: Silver Linings Playbook...The Odd Couple...Dirty Filthy Love

VI: FINAL THOUGHTS 

 

How movies help remind us that addictions are just part of the human experience
The importance of delineating between micro / macro addictions and not stigmatizing

Addiction isn't funny, but laughing about it really helps

Recovery as the ultimate hero's journey

Addiction as a philosophical question, not just a story

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Any movies you would like to recommend that I include in the book?

Just email me!

ted@myrecoverytv.com