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Addiction counselors review: Too polished, addiction is not this pretty
on February 25, 2014
*I have been an addictions counselor for 5+ years working in treatment centers and various outpatient services.
1) I show this movie to my clients because it does manage to communicate some of the challenges addicts in recovery face, in a way that is comedic and PG rated (few scenes with actual drug use that might trigger someone in recovery.
2) Its a comedy meaning it may cheer up the person watching it while blending in some serious issues.
3) Effectively demonstrates the core family issues, relationship issues as they relate to addiction and the stages of growth of addiction.
1) The characters are too polished. No one looks as good as 90% of these people when entering a treatment center. Everyone is so clean even when they are overdosing or blind drunk, soooo fake!
Not believable from an experienced counselors perspective at all, but its cute I guess...
It could have been a lot more realistic and gritty while retaining the comedic element but the producers likely realized this wouldn't create mass appeal. In this respect it is somewhat limited as a therapeutic tool.
2) There isn't much resolution in the film, no grand message that a person walks away with, which I suppose is a lot like life itself... but for a 100 minute comedy like this (which can drag on at times) you would think they could try to drive home some memorable moral...