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  • Actors: Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper
  • Directors: John Kent Harrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YKYX9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Payne on April 3, 2013
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This is the story of the struggle of the wife of Bill W. (one of the founders of AA) After he got sober and began his AA work, she discovered she also needed to recover from the effects of the disease of alcoholism, and founded a separate but related program, called Al-Anon. Al-Anon is not for alcoholics, its for the friends & family of alcoholics. Her story is truly inspirational and as an Al-Anon myself, I enjoy watching this at least once a year. It is estimated that every alcoholic/addict severely effects at least 4 other persons with their addiction, Al-Anon helps these people recover, as AA helps the alcoholic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BETTY ERVIN on May 13, 2013
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HAVING LIVED WITH AN ALCOHOLIC, I FELT THAT THE MOVIE DEPICTED HOW LIFE IS WITH AN ALCOHOLIC SITUATION. IT WAS VERY TOUCHING AND ENCOURAGING. I AM IN AL-ANON AND THIS IS ALL THAT KEPT ME SANE.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judy on March 11, 2014
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If you are in a relationship with an alcoholic, you know how difficult it can be. It's important to understand that it's not something that you have done and just because the alcoholic may love you and you love them, that doesn't necessarily help them be able to quit. To quit drinking is a personal decision on the part of the alcoholic. I would highly recommend Alanon meetings, which is what this movie is about. Lois Wilson started the group after her husband became sober and she realized that only personal responsibility is the key to overcoming addiction and that it wasn't her fault. She wasn't to blame for her husband's addiction and she wasn't responsible for his recovery. Alanon has helped me understand that I am not a failure as a mom because of my son's problem. Unconditional love without enabling is a key element in learning how to cope. Let go and let God.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Henson on May 11, 2014
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The movie explains why, and how Lois was able to live with and through all the episodes that her Alcoholic husband went thru and she was thinking that her support would save him. Well it could not, and did not. She was affected by all the activity and was in need of a support group of her own. Al-A-Non and other programs came as a result of all that happened. What a wonderful movie to show to whomever would need to address an issue with a love one. This movie can and will bring the denial to another level. Thanks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Britton on June 7, 2013
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I had been trying purchase When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson story for quite a while now and was so pleased to be able to purchase it through Amazon. It is a truly touching story of Lois's learning to cope with her alcoholic husband thus her becoming one of the co-founders of Al-Anon. Her story helps those who strive to cope with a loved one's alcoholism.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lila Davis on February 26, 2013
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This is the story of Lois W. the founder of Al-anon. It shows her struggle with her husband's alcoholism. It's slow...pretty much a chick flick...but if you or anyone you know has a friend or family member struggling with addiction it can be very heartwarming & enlightening.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fernado D. Bonilla on November 4, 2013
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The best movie in this category I recommend to all the Families not only for husbands and wifes. Thank you
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Guevin on November 28, 2011
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The movie was OK but there was too much about Bill W's drinking and not enough about Lois's point of view.
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