On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery

Women in a substance abuse treatment program share their stories

2014 | Running Time: 57 minutes | Rating: NR

Five mothers struggle to overcome substance use disorders in a gender-responsive treatment program, each of them motivated by the goal of achieving custody of their children. Their stories reveal experiences with domestic violence, prostitution, incarceration and complex inter-generational relations. ON LIFE’S TERMS: MOTHERS IN RECOVERY interweaves the women’s three-year journey to self-sufficiency and newfound pride with meditations on how drug laws impact mothers and children. This documentary aspires to reduce stigma around addiction by addressing how the larger issues of abuse and poverty as well as to inspire hope for recovery. ON LIFE’S TERMS: MOTHERS IN RECOVERY premiered at the 2014 Reel Recovery Festival. Filmmakers: Sheila Ganz, Director/Producer; Debbie Brubaker, Producer

Regional Emmy 2016 (nomination)

Tags: Addiction/Recovery, Gender, Family Relationships