Alcohol, prescribed drugs and women - the myth, the stigma, the reality through the stories of four fascinating women.

"Acclaimed at the New York Film Festival, this gritty, intimate documentary risks inviting us into the real worlds of four addicted women, three in recovery, one still drinking and using drugs. In their own words and in their own environments, these four very different women share their struggles with a generous and uncompromising honesty rarely seen on film."

Marion Sandmeier, Alcoholism, The National Magazine
Synopsis: 

Nearly one half of the estimated ten million alcoholics in the country are women, yet their special problems are totally ignored. Concealed by families, protected by friends and physicians, these women are kept invisible. They themselves are often The Last to Know. This extraordinary film speaks directly to these women by sensitively focusing on four intimate stories and shows how the medical community, the media and the values of society at large actually perpetuate alcoholism and prescription drug abuse in women.

Reviews

"I used to come out of blackouts to find myself in bed with complete strangers. This was Loretta, the nice married lady, I was brought up in Catholic schools, I was very well behaved, I was always a lady, a lady who was now wondering what the hell had I done the night before."

Loretta- quote from film

"When I got sober, I got scared of people, scared to talk in front of people. When I was was drunk, I could dance on top of a bar."

Sharon- quote from film

"Unforgettable... fascinating. A rare documentary history and profile from all walks of life who become substance abusers."

Judith Trojan, Wilson Library Journal

"Moving and eloquent... an eye opener, one with both a heart and sense of humor."

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

"Finally a film that asks the tough questions about alcoholism, mental health and the effect of the American culture on women's lives. Everyone should see this unforgettable film. My students talked about it for days."

Peter Dreier, Ph.D., E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College

"A powerful film with an important message."

Patricia Priesing, Voice of Youth Advocates