Recent TV Shows Convey the Importance of Rehab

With television drama being better than ever, serious subjects such as alcoholism and addiction are being dealt with regularly on a number of shows, stressing the importance of inpatient alcohol rehab for men and women.

*On Shameless, Lip, played by Jeremy Allen, is desperate to clean up his act so he doesn’t wind up like his father, the infamous Frank Gallagher, played by William H. Macy.

*And on the family drama This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia’s character Jack checked into an AA meeting, a step it took him some episodes to make. On the show, he says, “I have been drunk for weeks. And I thought I had it under control…I have a problem. I need to get a handle on it before I can walk back into that house.”

*As Ventimiglia tells Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a big moment for Jack to be able to ask for help. It’s a very big moment for this man to (1) admit that he has a problem, and (2) admit that he needs help with it. I think it makes him more admirable that he’s not just trying to stifle it or hide it himself.”