Parents' Guide to

Recovery Road

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen-in-rehab drama has realistic plot, great characters.

TV Freeform Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Great plot, very educational, pretty intense

This is a great show that I had a lot of fun watching. It was intense, and had a fantastic plot. It explores a lot of hard topics though, so definitely not for kids. There is drugs, drinking, and sex mentioned. There isn't much "romance" in this show, but the protagonist and the main love interests definitely like each other and it's very clear. There are two times couples make out but it's short and isn't that much. Over all a really great show for those who like character development and a great plot. Kinda ends on a clif hanger though so beware
age 13+

Wonderful message

the show has a wonderful message that shows how hard it is dealing with addiction. it shows teens that drugs and alcohol are not cool but can actually destroy your life.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Teen-alcoholic redemption tales were 1970s-afterschool-special staples, but this wise, realistic drama is too smart to try to wrap up its main character's issues in a two-hour-with-commercials movie. Maddie is a wonderfully complex character -- by turns snotty and sweet, with a veneer of irony and detachment only thinly masking the pain underneath. As the audience slowly gets to know her and the other residents of Springtime Meadows, we begin to understand the mistakes they made (sometimes repeatedly) to land themselves there, as well as the problems that are holding them back. Maddie soon understands that even if she and the other residents have very different experiences and backgrounds, they share similar pains. As they pull together to repair their shattered lives, Maddie finds that there are other ways of dealing with loss and pain than drowning them in chemicals, and even if she or her loved ones make mistakes, there is a community waiting to support her. Recovery Road is a very human drama that's terrific whole-family fare, particularly for families with members who struggle with substance abuse.

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