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'Mom' Sitcom Portrays Vibrant, Realistic Lives in Recovery

By Kelly Burch, 02/09/18


"For most people in recovery, getting sober isn’t the end of the story—it’s the beginning of the story."


The CBS sitcom Mom isn’t just a show about life in recovery, but living sober is a major theme, since the two main characters, Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney), are both in recovery. The show creators say that they make an effort to honestly show the struggles and rewards of sober living, creating a realistic picture of recovery for viewers.


“For most people in recovery, getting sober isn’t the end of the story—it’s the beginning of the story,” the show’s co-creator and executive producer Gemma Baker told Variety. “So I am glad that we got to start ‘Mom’ in the beginning of Christy’s recovery and tell the story of her turning her life around and all the wins and losses of trying to become a better version of yourself. I love that we get to portray people with long-term recovery living full, vibrant lives and who choose to stay sober in the face of heartbreak by rallying around each other.”


Baker said that recently a fan pointed out the respect with which Christy and Bonnie are portrayed. The fan said “even though the characters are drug addicts and alcoholics who’ve made a lot of mistakes, you write them with dignity,” Baker recalled.

“I hadn’t thought about it exactly in those terms before but [it’s] true,” she said. “All of the writers really love our characters and we protect them.”


The show has covered issues including relapse, sponsorship, teen drug use and attending meetings, and even worked with...

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[CURATED CONTENT: Written By Kelly Burch, Published: February 9, 2018

- originally published on thefix.com]


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