It’s winter and the weather makes it a lot less fun to be outside. The good news? That just means more time to curl up with a blanket and watch movies! Here are a few of our favorite recovery-themed, inspirational movies.
Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are brilliant, funny and a little heart-wrenching in this adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s memoir about addiction and recovery. A beautiful portrayal of mother-daughter relationships, life in early sobriety and the gritty reality of life in Hollywood. Equal parts funny, real AF and true delight: this is one of our all-time-favorites.
Full disclosure: this adaption of the Jim Carrollbook of the same name takes some liberties with its source material. In some ways, Carroll glamorized his years of drug use and low-bottom-living. The result is a movie that is both chilling and beautiful about a young athlete who descends into heroin addiction. The combination of Carroll’s prose (woven deftly into the screenplay) and a baby-faced DiCaprio is sheer genius and well worth a watch. Bonus points for a young Mark Walhberg fresh off his stint with the Funky Bunch.
Will Ferrell brings a darker, more dry humor to a movie about a man hitting bottom. Billed as a comedy this movie is more of a drama with some well-earned laughs woven in to keep the mood from getting too dark. Poignant, lovely and chock full of reminders of what it’s like to reach the jumping off point: this film will ultimately leave you with a heavy dose of gratitude and newfound respect for Ferrell’s drama chops.
Michael Keaton brings heart and humor to his portrayal of a successful businessman whose world crumbles due to cocaine addiction. In an attempt to escape some legal and professional consequences Keaton checks in to rehab. Come for the 80-era, vintage Keaton, stay for the honest and inspiring look at life clear and sober.
Not to be confused with the equally good, but vastly different 28 Days LATER…this is old school Sandra Bullock doing what she does best. Bullock brings her charm and authenticity to the role of a hard-working, hard-partying professional who checks into rehab after ruining her sister’s wedding. Kudos to this movie for avoiding the grim stereotypes of rehab to portray it more like what it is: a complex experience filled with life changing people and ideas. This is OG Bullock at her clear-eyed, plucky best.
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First it is important to note that St. Patrick’s day is a time to honor the roots of Irish religious beliefs, feast with loved ones and honor the memory of a guy who was neither a canonized saint nor really named Patrick. The whole green beer, kegs and eggs, kiss me I’m Irish thing came later.
For those in recovery, this may provide some inspiration when navigating the more modern iterations of the holiday: day drinking and overdrinking.
Here are three things you can do today that have nothing to do with green beer, bars or being a drunken hooligan.
Whatever you do – remember that this is just another day! You can still eat and be merry but if you find yourself feeling antsy call a friend, get to a meeting, or keep busy by trying your hand at a new recipe.
The new podcast episode, “Nate’s Story,” is published! Listen here or queue it up over at SoundCloud: Voices of Recovery or over at iTunes . Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll get every new episode delivered right to your ears!
Enjoy this preview teaser episode of Serenity Lane’s new podcast!
We are very excited to announce a new podcast series that features stories from Serenity Lane alumni who went through treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and are now living life in recovery. While the full series won’t start until next month, we have a special holiday teaser episode to share.
Just in time for Christmas, here is our teaser, holiday-themed episode of Voices of Recovery. Click below to listen or head over to https://soundcloud.com/voicesofrecovery to download.
Nothing helps pass the miles and the time like a comforting voice in your ear. Whether you’ll be traveling this week, preparing to host family and friends — or just trying to get through the holidays on your own: here are some of our very favorite holiday stories for your listening pleasure.
David Sedaris – The Santa Land Diaries Funny, matter-of-fact and great for giving you a reprieve from any holiday blues you may have. Highly recommended for those working in customer service over the holidays.
Advent Reflection podcasts Sunday, Nov. 27, marked the beginning of the liturgical year and the season of Advent. Here is a collection of reflections for each week of Advent and a Christmas reflection.