By | 2018-08-26

We all learn a lot from films and TV programs that we follow. While watching our favorite stars, we take both good and bad from their acts, be it from their reel life as we see them aired or from their real lives via media reports. Some of these programs really touch our lives as we find some connection with ourselves. Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker’s brainchild “Mom,” aired on Comedy Central, is one such program that is quite close to our way of life. The unique tele series is centered on addiction and recovery. It is a about a daughter and mother recovering from their addictive habits. The series takes the viewers through everyday wins and losses of the pair and the humorous characters leave their audiences asking for more. Before the airing of the TV series, sobriety was generally portrayed as a happy-ever-after kind of a thing, which is a misleading notion. Leading a sober life demands perseverance every single day. It is a choice, which is to be made and reinforced every day. The mother-daughter duo are connected to sober friends who have their own share of misgivings as the serial moves forward. The protagonists – Christy (Anna Faris) and her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) – are committed to stay sober in the wake of multiple challenges and temptations as their lives progress. Test of willpower The second season of the show portrayed how after an injury Bonnie was prescribed painkillers. That is the time when the willpower of both the women was strongly tested. Bonnie relapsed, but Christy remained committed to her recovery plans by helping others. Their courage was tested again when one of the characters out of a rehab asked the duo to stay with her. This character turned out to be someone vulnerable to relapses. The other characters of the show are also doing a commendable job of sticking together as a sober group in the series. The group is shown struggling with addiction to alcohol, pills, food, gambling and cocaine. Chuck Lorre, co-creator and executive producer of the series, shared that research is an integral part of their work as they do not want to exaggerate or trivialize any of the issues around which the show is centered. Executive producer Nick Bakay and Faris shared that recovering people and rehab centers have been giving positive feedback about the show. “We get people coming up to us on the street who have personal experiences [and] it’s incredibly flattering. It’s an honor and it’s really moving when our show touches people in ways that I couldn’t have imagined,” Faris said. In 2016, the team of “Mom” worked with the then U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to launch a public service announcement (PSA) for generating awareness about the drug overdose epidemic. The doctor reminded everyone that those struggling with any form of an addiction need “treatment, compassion and support.” One of the fans of “Mom” had told Baker that even though the characters make errors, they are portrayed with a lot of dignity. Reclaiming sobriety Recovery is a lifelong process. Sobriety is not the end of something, rather it is the beginning of a new life. As a human, it is okay to err sometimes as relapses too are part of recovery. With the right kind of treatment and support group, it is easier to bounce back and live productively.