For many, addiction is a reality; for others, addiction lies outside it.
How the Hollywood Scene Changed Me
When I went through my first heart wrenching breakup, my mom held me as I cried in her arms. She rubbed my head and said, “distract yourself.” Although it’s best to face problems head on, sometimes distraction can help us reach a point of clarity. With an argument, a breakup, or even addiction; sometimes distraction for a single moment can change everything.
As long as I can remember, I have been burying my head in film and television to escape the real world- even for a brief moment. When the media portrays addiction or the road to recovery, it can often be misconstrued or seem in-genuine. Dealing with a family member’s addiction and the stress it caused on familial relations was tough and I was often seeking a small reprieve of what was going on in my world. Watching a film on my laptop under my covers was my protection from everything outside it. This is when I become curious and intrigued by the Hollywood scene.
A Few Hollywood Scene Movie’s Based on Addiction
Now as an “adult” in my mid twenties, I find myself doing the same thing when I need a moment of composure. The more films and television I watch, the more I find myself becoming critical of how they portray addiction. I understand glamorizing the highs and lows for a plot, but I can’t help but find myself feeling slighted. However, that gets me really excited when I come across content that really does a great job explaining addiction and the road to addiction. In my humble opinion, I recommend a few “must-sees” at depicting addiction and the art of recovery. I’ll save you the time of a million descriptions. Take my word for it, these are all films you should see from the Hollywood scene:
Requiem for a Dream, The Basketball Diaries, Traffic, Being Charlie and Flight.
There are so many ways to get content today and it makes “the distraction” that much easier to find at a clicks notice. On HBO, there is an eight episode mini series called, “The Night Of”. It follows a young man after a night of partying with a female stranger, waking up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder. He is sent to prison and throughout his trial, he does everything he can to survive. It is mind numbing to see how addiction can happen to anybody, no matter the environment they come from.
Other programs on television worth watching from the Hollywood scene that portray addiction realistically, Orange is the New Black and Mom.
Take my word for it. Watch the trailers, find a distraction. After that distraction, compose yourself and start working out a plan to face your challenges head on. Just like how the Hollywood scene says “Lights, Camera, Action.”
By: Erica T.