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Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is a party girl who masks her pain by abusing alcohol and popping pills. After Gwen ruins her sister's wedding reception and destroys a front porch with a stolen limousine, the court makes her face reality by ordering her into a substance abuse treatment center. She only has 28 days to get herself cleaned up or she faces a prison sentence. She wastes the first week by keeping to herself and believing she can control her problem if she really wants to.
Gwen's counselor (Steve Buscemi) is speaking about his past addictions. He describes how being sober between highs didn't feel very goodhis skin screamed, his hands shook, and his stomach threatened to jump out of his throat. Now Gwen is fighting these same withdrawal symptoms by climbing out her third-story window to retrieve a bottle of pills she threw out earlier. What starts as a quick fix ends in added physical suffering when Gwen injures her leg and can't take painkillers.
(about 3 minutes)
Start / 0:27:36 / 'Are you coming?'
Stop / 0:30:55 / 'This is a way to die.'
How do you handle life's tough situations? Do you face them head on, or will you do anything to avoid dealing with them?
John 10:10; Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:18
Why do people start drinking or using drugs?
Why do some people continue to abuse alcohol and drugs when they're aware of the consequences?
Other than abusing alcohol and drugs,
what kinds of destructive behaviors do people engage in?
Sometimes we find ourselves living a lifestyle we can't escape, even when we want to. What are some ways to break free?
Sometimes people we care about are involved in dangerous situations and they don't know how to escape. Maybe they don't even realize how destructive their lifestyles are. How can we help them?
addiction, substance abuse, reality,
challenges, facing your demons