Last night, Freeform premiered a new series titled, Recovery Road. The show, which is based on the young adult novel, Recovery Road, by Blake Nelson, is about Maddie Graham (Jessica Sula), a teenager who is battling an addiction.
The show starts out with Maddie getting busted for having alcohol in school and in her system. Her guidance counselor gives her the choice of either entering 24 hours of detox and spending 90 days in a sober living facility or be expelled. She, of course, refuses, but her mother, Charlotte Graham (Sharon Leal) forces her to go.
Maddie has the attitude that, I think, a lot of teens would adopt at this stage: she doesn’t think she’s an addict, so she doesn’t take the program seriously and in the process of her rejecting the help that is being offered to her, she could possibly put the other addicts’ sobriety in jeopardy.
In my opinion, this show takes a serious subject and tackles it with humor, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Several times during the show, Maddie makes sarcastic remarks about her drinking. She is very stubborn and I think it’ll take a lot for her to really accept the fact that she has a problem and then take the necessary steps to better herself. Her father died three years prior and, I believe, she is still reeling from that tragic event, so she uses alcohol and pills to numb the pain.
The cast and characters in this show are pretty good, as well. The other addicts are pretty quirky and funny and I like them. One, in particular, is Trish Tomlinson (Kyla Pratt). Trish is a meth addict and Maddie’s roommate. She is very animated, over the top and seems to prefer to look on the bright side of things. She is also a mother who is trying to get sober so that she can regain custody of her daughter. I think having her as Maddie’s roommate will be a good thing. She’s brings a little bit of sunshine to Maddie’s dark and dreary life.
The addicts that live in the sober home all seem to depend on each other. Since they all can relate to each another, they’ve made it a point to be that strong presence in each others lives. They know how hard to it is to get someone from the outside to understand, so they make sure that they can, at least, depend on one another.
In the short amount of time that Maddie has been in the house, she slowly starts to see how important being sober is to the others and how much they are willing to sacrifice to stay on the right path. I hope that as the season progresses, she starts to adopt that same mentality. She is trying to keep everything hidden from her friends because she doesn’t fully accept what’s going on, but I don’t think she will be able to keep up that facade for too long. Something’s definitely going to happen and I will be glued to my TV making sure to be right there when it happens.
Recovery Road airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. on Freeform.
A Little Extra: I watched the sneak peek for the season and the coming episodes look interesting. They also have a couple more well known actors making appearances.