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Several films have engaged on the topic of drug and alcohol abuse. Some of these films, however, can be difficult to watch because topics such as addiction don’t really have the greatest cheerful story plots. Nonetheless, a variety of these movies will still leave a long-term impression on people. Most drug and alcohol rehab centers also use such films for therapeutic purposes. Some, however, are needed to be supervised and monitored because it may trigger relapse or reversion.

Below are some films about alcoholism and substance addiction

TRAFFIC (2000) is an American crime-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It is about the “war on drugs” and unlawful drug trade that involved drug users, law enforces drug traffickers and politicians. A conservative judge learns that his teenage daughter is a drug addict that eventually affected his personal values, beliefs, and principles. The movie may leave you asking about what is right from wrong in your viewpoint on drugs and war on drugs.

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000) is an American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and is based on the novel by Hubert Selby, Jr. It is about four different forms of drug addiction and what kind of a life drug addicts really have. It portrays how addicts go out of control. It is said to be one of the best and influential films you will ever watch.

TRAINSPOTTING (1996) is directed by Danny Boyle is a British black comedy film and is a rated first of the Top Ten British Films of all time. It is about a group of youth who are addicted to heroin in an economically depressed part of Edinburgh, Scotland. The film is really striking and it doesn’t draw away from any facets of what heroin addiction is.

LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995) is a romantic drama film by Mike Figgis that he based from a novel by John O’Brien. The film is about a suicidal alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who ruined his professional and personal life, goes to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. The film portrays how addiction to alcohol can have supremacy over a person.

Influential Films on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
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