TWO MOVIES THAT TACKLE THE BRUTAL REALITY OF ALCOHOLISM
- October 16, 2018
Unfortunately, for many people, alcoholism is a very real and very dangerous part of their lives. As much as a person may try to overcome their problems, the addiction will continue to eat away at their brains (a stage of chemical dependency). Ultimately, these individuals will require intervention, counseling, detox, and rehabilitation to help them get their lives back on track. While we would like to think that we are immune to these problems, the fact of the matter is that (at some point in our lives) we will meet someone who is suffering from alcoholism (or alcohol abuse). Throughout the years, Hollywood has developed several movies that have showcased this reality to a tee. Let’s take a look at two films that have perfectly tackled the brutal reality of alcohol’s poisonous effects.
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
In many terrible cases, the person you fell in love with becomes a monster and tough love can be the only way to destroy the beast for good. This is the premise behind the critically acclaimed film When a Man Loves a Woman. In the film, airline pilot Michael Green (Andy Garcia) lives a happy life with his beautiful wife Alice (Meg Ryan) and two daughters Jess (Tina Majorino) and Casey (Mae Whitman). At one point, however, Alice begins to give in to her serious drinking problem and suffers a terrible accident, resulting in her checking into a rehab center. The film not only captures the emotional struggle of a family that is nearly torn apart by alcoholism but also provides an accurate visual representation. Throughout the film, you can see the pain on the characters’ faces, as well as the unrequited love between the husband and wife. While the film ends on a happy, fulfilling note, When a Man Loves a Woman is still a bitter reminder of the dangers of resorting to the bottle.
While alcoholism is not a key theme in the film, its ugly presence makes a huge impact on the second part of the story. Pollock relates the struggles of artist Jackson Pollock (Ed Harris) as he attempts to make a name for himself by selling his bizarre yet insultingly simple artwork. With support from his doting wife Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), Pollock eventually earns the reputation he sought. However, his low spiral into alcoholism begins to wreak havoc on his already unstable mind, resulting in him descending further and further into insanity. While this film might not be in the top #10 of drug or alcohol films, Pollock still drives the message of addiction home with one, firm strike.
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from an alcohol abuse disorder or a severe form of alcoholism? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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