When a Man Loves a Woman
Alice Green, a school counsellor checks into a rehab, to get rid of her drinking problem. Issues evolve when she returns home as a completely different person leading to problems in her marriage.
This film stands out, not only for its realistic portrayal of recovery from alcoholism, but also for the accompanying portrayal of recovery from the "addiction" of codependency, which often exists in the dysfunctional person's partner. Meg Ryan plays Alice, a mother of two, married to Michael, an airline pilot. Alice hides her drinking until her life spins out of control, affecting her husband and children. When a Man Loves a Woman skillfully illustrates why alcoholism is a family disease, and how Michael's good-intentioned efforts to help Alice actually serve to make the family sicker