I went to the movie screening for Recovering Love. It’s a SkyWorks production… produced and directed by Laura Sky. She is one phenomenal, classy lady.
It was downtown at the Royal Theatre.
The movie is about how to relate to people that you love who are addicts.
*a documentary about women who are deeply committed to their relationship with their children and who are also committed to recovery from their addictions. It is a film that will educate the heart as well as the mind. Recovering Love will focus on the loving bonds between these mothers and their children.
In preparing this film, we have been working with women who are recovering their love for themselves, and building their capacities to love and support each other. They have benefited tremendously from the love and support of their families, co-workers, front line advocates and their communities.*
It’s a very powerful movie. The basic themes throughout the movie were unconditional love. And the fact that addicts have one thing in common. Unexpressed pain. To deal with addiction, one must first find out what the core, the root of the problems are. Approximately 80 – 100% of women addicts are massively hurt by experiences that were never dealt with properly. The format is interviews with all the women that are undergoing addiction recovery, and their families. We hear what the women feel, how they cope and what their struggles are. We hear how their children feel. The amazing thing was that when the children spoke it was always with love and concern and pride for their mothers. The love was tangible…from both children and mothers.
I cried during this show a couple of times. Everyone did.
At the end all of the people from the movie went to the stage. They were all there, in real life! What an amazing, touching moment. They were cheered for their strength and courage. The movie was so raw, and true that you felt you knew these women after watching it, so seeing them standing there with some of the children was incredible.
For anyone that has a person in their lives trying to cope with addiction, this movie is for you. Everyone around an addict is affected no matter how hard one tries to hide it. I went to see it because I have a dear, lifelong friend who is struggling now. She is an incredible, smart woman who has a lot of love in her. To meet her now you may not believe that…but I see her in there and I’d like to see her happy again. I wanted to know how to handle this. I thought it was going to be more of a guide, a how-to. lol Like directions for life.
What I got was that I owed her an apology. The women in the movie taught me that if someone puts out their hand for help, take it. Show them love and be gentle. I haven’t always done this for my friend. I get frustrated. So I told her, after I saw it, that I love her…. and I’m glad I did, that she knows.