Movies, Docs and Books

Books Reviews

Addiction 2.0 by Tommy Rosen – good read and for those who want a healthy dose of a modern view of step work, tying into therapy and yoga; good resource.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola – this is the book of the day and is OK. Didn’t fall in love with it but it was very familiar.

Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery  by Dana Bowman – Perfect book for the alcoholic mommy and I say that with sincere kindness; mommy as in having little ones and diving head on into disease. Great insight and also tips on getting through the tough early sobriety years when even after a year – things can creep up on you mentally. Love this book !

The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx – love, love, love this book. Why? Because he wrote his diaries while he was hooked and if you love music and want to see directly into someone’s soul, this is it. It scared me.

Dry by Augusten Burroughs – read this a LONG time ago during the popularity of his book “Running With Scissors”

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis – Amazing. This is a really well written book on Anthony (Red Hot Chili Peppers) life and his work through addiction. The last chapter is my favorite part because it really highlights how addicts can find sobriety and what is proven to work for many. Love this book.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas – have not read yet but it looks to be appropriate for young adults to identify with

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp – read a LONG time ago and ignored all the warnings; I remember it well and hid it inside me lots of familiarity

Movies – I download all my movies in unavailable through Amazon Prime. So cheap. I can also download the streaming app to my Android and zone out on addiction movies. Such a good time.

Bill W. (doc)- what I LOVE about this documentary is it taught me so much. I had an open mind and approached this documentary like a college course.  I got it. AA is no longer a mystery, something to fear but to embrace conceptually. Community is HUGE.

Bob and the Monster (doc) – oh yes. This is a ME generation movie. Not only does it open with Jane’s Addiction’s cover of Sympathy for the Devil but if you were anywhere near college radio or early 20’s 25 years ago – you know Thelonius Monster. Regardless, Bob Forrest is testimonial to getting well. There are lot of cool inner stories in this documentary too. Everyone’s lives are different.

The Anonymous People (doc) – great documentary for modern times. Brings the light of recovery into the bigger picture. It helped me understand stigma and how to get past it.

My Name Was Bette (doc)- this one was very unique in that as a female alcoholic, Bette’s took her life and mind very fast. Great watch for statistics too; understand

Clean and Sober (drama) – generational but all the messages are on point. With a full drama and love interest it hits areas of 12 steps; if anything entertaining.

28 Days (drama) – if you are a mommy, it might make you cry. It made me see things in myself that hurt for my son. I cried for 4 hours. Great movie and honest look at addiction, recognition of denial.

Drunks (drama) – this is a really good one. Very dramatic but again brings about the point about community. When the main character Jimmy turns his emotions in relapse you kind of commiserate. The character that Spaulding Gray plays too is pivotal.

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