Do you like to watch movies? I do. I especially like films that I can relate to; subjects like: drugs, alcohol, mental illness and Trauma. Considering how many millions of American’s suffer with substance abuse and mental illness, it’s not surprising that so many movies have been made about these topics.
Leaving Las Vegas
Depression, Alcoholism and Codependency
Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. While there, he forms a relationship with a troubled prostitute. This film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel written by John O’Brien. Sadly, he never got to see his the movie as he committed suicide two weeks into the film’s production.
Drug Addiction (Cocaine, Heroin and Quaaludes)
This is a classic American Crime drama, about a determined Cuban immigrant who takes over a drug cartel. Things go bad when he succumbs to greed. His drug use leads to deteriorated relationships and violence.
Self-harm, Dissociate Identity Disorder and Substance Abuse
So bored with the, everyday grind of his job and lack of meaning in the world, the lead character develops a dissociative identity disorder. He also suffers from insomnia. He decides to “take control” of his life and creates fight clubs across the country that wreak havoc on society. In the end, he is forced into a violent confrontation with his destructive alter-ego.
Silver Linings Playbook
Bipolar Disorder and Sex Addiction
This film follows Pat Solitano Jr., recently released from a mental health facility, through his struggles with bipolar disorder. During the course of this drama/comedy, he meets Tiffany Maxwell, an unemployed widow and well-known sex addict, and they form an unconventional bond. Their relationship forces them to examine themselves, and ultimately helps them move forward in life.
Antisocial Personality Disorder, Narcissism and Drug Abuse (Alcohol, MDMA and Marijuana)
Christian Bale plays the character of Patrick Bateman, a rich, young investment banker turned serial killer in Manhattan. This film explores the lavish culture of greed and narcissism in the 1980s. Though he seems to have it all: money, designer clothes, invitations to the most exclusive parties, his cravings turn him into a psychotic murderer.
Addiction (Morphine, Amphetamines, Cocaine, LSD, Alcohol and Oxycontin)
In this film, a crew of drug addicts support their habit by robbing hospitals and pharmacies. Matt Dillon stars in the lead role, playing the character of Bob Hughes. After a tragedy involving the crew, Hughes attempts to get sober during the course of the story. He learns it’s not as easy as he thought it would be.
The Deer Hunter
This is a heart-wrenching and gritty film about four friends from a working class town in Pennsylvania who enlist and leave for the Vietnam War. Three of the friends are captured and held in a brutal POW camp. Though they manage to survive, they are separated. The film follows their difficult lives after their escape.
Drug Addiction (Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana)
Traffic is a unique film because it examines the drug trade from several different angles; the traffickers, law enforcement, a politician and an addict. It shows the high stakes and high risks of the drug trade, as seen through a series of interrelated stories, some of which are highly personal and some of which are filled with intrigue and danger.
PTSD (from sexual abuse and torture)
In 1975, in a Boston neighborhood, three boys are playing hockey when two sexual predators posing as cops abduct one of the boys, Dave. In present time, these boys, Jimmy, Sean and Dave, all live in the same neighborhood, though Dave, played by Tim Robbins, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to his sexual abduction and torture.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Addiction (Cocaine, Alcohol and Quaaludes)
In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, he founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a group of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his crew partake in a hedonistic sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
What are some great ways to watch? I like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and iTunes ….