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"This is a rare morsel of inside knowledge, from one who knows, about a topic that runs like an underground theme through many films, as through Hollywood life, but only recently has become a subject of public acknowledgment and concern."


Gabor Maté

New York Times Best-Selling Author

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

The Myth of Normal

What an amazing idea for a book."


Ben Affleck

Oscar-Winning Writer, Director & Actor 

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A Hollywood insider who watched 100 movies in 100 days to beat his alcohol addiction leads you on an eye-opening, entertaining, inspirational, and frequently hilarious behind-the-scenes exploration of the best (and worst) movies ever made about addiction and recovery, and what they can teach us about living a happier, healthier, more balanced life.

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Perkins has produced a literary work that is a wonderful melange of intriguing movie plots, personal vignettes, and a fun collection of Inside Hollywood revelations. It is an engrossing read and an encyclopedic review of alcohol and substance abuse issues that are important to discuss. I will be binge-watching most of these films!


Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP; Harvard Medical School Faculty (Ret.)

Co-Founder of SMART Recovery   

Here is an excellent, moving book on addiction recovery to read and share. Ted Perkins uses stories in movies about addictions as a vehicle to understand the complexities, heartbreak, and horror of addictions while leading us to real hope of radical transformation. His own life story is a dramatic example of recovery and its redemptive power.   

Michael Werner
President of the American Humanist Association (Ret.)

This book is a must-have if you or anyone you know has been touched by addictive problems. It's filled with enlightening stories about powerful films that could become a turning point for people.

Dr. Tom Horvath
Co-Founder SMART Recovery
Author "Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate"
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Ted Perkins is a person for whom films have deep personal meanings. Ted also has deep feelings about addiction. In his marvelous book, he combines these meaningful parts of his life for the benefit of those who seek meaning in their own lives, whether addicted themselves or not.

Stanton Peele, Ph.D
Bestselling Author "Love and Addiction" / "Outgrowing Addiction"



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Ted Perkins is a former Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Studio executive, university lecturer, public speaker, Hollywood producer, virtual reality entrepreneur, and successful working film and TV series screenwriter. He volunteers his time as an addiction and recovery YouTube personality, sobriety mentor, and has helped thousands of people on their recovery journey through his essays, videos and weekly SMART Recovery meetings. He is the author of ADDICTED in FILM: Movies We Love About the Habits We Hate and Founder/CEO of the new mutual support meeting format Recovery Movie Meet-Ups. Perkins has lived and worked in over 50 countries, and now resides in Los Angeles.

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