Nominations Out for the Top Addiction Movies and Shows

By Anna David 02/10/12

The annual PRISM awards have just announced which movies and TV shows best depict addiction. Let the debate begin.

Nancy O'Dell at a PRISM Awards Show
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Television may be primarily to entertain, but the people at the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) know that it can also serve a higher purpose: to educate the public about addiction and other mental health issues. A non-profit launched in 1983 in order to bring the “power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues,” the EIC has just announced the nominees for the 16th Annual PRISM Awards, which will take place on April 19, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel (and will be televised on September 16th, 2012 on FX). As usual for the PRISMs, the nominations range from the mainstream (nods for Russell Brand and Helen Mirren for Arthur, with additional nominations for such shows as CSI, House, Rescue Me and Glee) to the less well-known (including films called Angels Crest, Another Earth, Cook County and Take Shelter) You can see the EIC site for the complete list. The April awards show tends to bring out a who’s who of recovery people, including Dr. Drew Pinsky, Jeff and Candy from Intervention, Ron Tannenbaum and Ken Pomerance from In The Rooms, Writers in Treatment’s Leonard Buschel and Newport Academy’s Jamison Monroe. Save us a seat next to Russell Brand!

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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books about overcoming difficulties and coming out on the other side: the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Find Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter.