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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

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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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A NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAY TO HELP TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS AVOID OR OVERCOME ADDICTION

As a parent or teacher, how can you open up a constructive dialogue with teens or young adults about addiction without coming off as preachy, overprotective or alarmist? How do you help them better understand and appreciate the short and long-term risks they are facing?

Well...let Hollywood help you.

 

With the TEEN & YOUNG ADULT MOVIE GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL SOBRIETY, they can now turn the simple and routine act of watching movies for entertainment—something they do all the time anyway—into a great tool to better understand and discuss addiction in a radical new light, free of scare tactics or stigma. 

"I think films can definitely help (teens) reflect on these tough issues. What a great idea for a book."

Ben Affleck

Oscar-Winning Producer, Director, Writer

ARGO, THE WAY BACK

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TURN MOVIE WATCHING INTO THE ULTIMATE RECOVERY TOOL

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In this first-of-its kind recovery self-help manual, the author of ADDICTED IN FILM takes you on a deep dive into 20 of the most important movies ever made about addiction and recovery, and how to turn the simple everyday act of watching movies for entertainment - or just passing the time - into something much more purposeful. With this book as your guide, watching movies can now qualify as time well spent, a vital self-care activity that can inspire and support your sobriety, and meaningfully contribute towards your long-term recovery goals.

Part movie analysis, insider trivia, workbook and recovery journal - the MOVIE WATCHERS GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL SOBRIETY is a fun and dynamic new way to crush urges, get and stay sober, build your recovery capital, succeed at long-term recovery, and drastically improve the quality of your life, and the lives of those around you.

"I come from a family with a history of addiction and I'm glad that my film THE GOOD HOUSE is included in this program and is a source of encouragement and support for everyone working hard to recover successfully."

Sigourney Weaver

Award Winning Actress

AVATAR I & II, ALIEN I & II, GORILLAS IN THE MIST

PRAISE for ADDICTED IN FILM

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"
Read Dr. Horvath's Review of the Book

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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